Replacing Water Heater In Attic

Does anyone have suggestions on replacing a water heater that is in the attic? How do we get it down and the new one up there without calling a professional?

Deni from Plano, TX

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September 23, 20080 found this helpful

Isn't it crazy that they put hot water heaters in the attic? This is a builder's space saving idea that is BAD! We didn't know we had a problem with our hot water heater until we started sloshing through carpet in our living room. We had to replace the ceiling and wall boards and suck up all the water and replace the hot water heater. It could not be brought down, and was shut off and drained, and left in the attic. The new one was relocated in the garage, where we could check it and flush it out occasionally.

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September 23, 20080 found this helpful

All I can tell you is that the next water heater I buy will be tankless. Those type of water heater only heat water as you use it. So they save LOTS of energy and are cheaper to run. They might be a little more expensive in the beginning but the savings make them pay for themselves. With a tankless heater, you wouldn't have the worry about how to get it up there. Good luck

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