Water Heater

Solve your hot water problems with these water heater repair and installation articles.

How to Install a Power-Vented Water Heater

Reduce high electric bills by replacing an electric water heater with a natural gas or propane heater, then reduce installation costs by installing a power-vented model that can be easily vented out a sidewall.

Water Heater projects

  • How to Replace a Water Heater Thermocouple

    A hot water heater that doesn't heat might just need a new thermocouple. Learn how to replace this inexpensive part and keep your hot water…

  • Water Heater Installation

    Worn out water heaters leak, waste energy and can literally leave you cold. This article will show you how to install a new gas or electric…

  • Do it right. Do it yourself.

    The Family Handyman is proud to announce the DIY University. Courses that give you the confidence and know-how to get the job done right.

  • How to Install a Hot Water Heater

    When your water heater begins to leak, you have to replace it fast. We'll show you how to install your own gas water heater in less than a day.…

  • How to Repair or Replace Defective Water Heater Dip Tubes

    Faulty dip tubes in water heaters made between 1993 and 1997 may cause hot water problems and clogging at faucets. This article tells you how to…

  • How to Adjust Hot Water Heater Temperature

    Learn a surefire method for finding the right setting on the hot water heater dial—cool enough to avoid accidental burns, but hot enough…

  • Fix a Leaking Water Heater

    Fix common leaks from a temperature and pressure relief valve or a water heater drain valve by checking temperature settings and mineral…

  • Choosing a New Water Heater

    We walk you through the pros and cons of high tech water heaters - tankless, heat pump, condensing gas and point-of-use models. They save energy…

  • How to Flush a Water Heater

    Have you flushed your water heater lately? This boring but important chore should be done at least once a year to remove sediment that…

  • Water Heater Venting Fixes

    Fit a gas water heater vent to a larger existing vent by using a reducer. Avoid changing out the entire gas vent.

  • Get a Smart Water Heater

    You can flip a breaker to turn off your electric water heater when you leave your cabin or vacation home. That’ll save energy. But then you…

  • How to Dispose of a Water Heater

    Jeff will show you an easy way to carry a water heater out of your home, even if you are working alone.

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