I'm new here and have a question about replacing the drain pan. My water heater is in the attic (I live on the second floor) and the current plastic drain pan is broken. I would like to replace it with a metal/aluminum drain pan but don't know how. Please show me how or direct me to a site. Also, is this something I could do by myself. I'm not very handy and this is my first home.
Thanks for your help.
It would not be that easy, your tank would have to be emptied and the supply lines disconnected. Is it gas or electric? How bad is it cracked? Try repairing the one you have first. Use some epoxy or gorilla glue to repair.
There is also a fitting that must be attached to the pan to accept the discharge pipe. The pipe has to be "Ran" somewhere (if it's not already) should the water heater ever leak. Maybe you can get away with just draining it down all the way, and if the supply lines have some give in them, the old can be slipped out and the new in. If this sounds to hard or out of your reach, get a plumber's estimate for the job.