What Happens to Old Hot Water Heaters

Posted by on Oct 11, 2016 in Water Heater Replacement, Water Heater Safety

A lot of water heater repair business, like us, will look after effectively throwing away ones old hot water heater when we perform a water heater replacement for our Waco customers. Nevertheless, there are individuals that either try to replace their water heater themselves or have another person to do it for them. Regrettably, we invest a lot of our time aiding house owners appropriately install their water heater from when they face difficultly. There are many safety steps that ought to be followed so there will not be an issue with the installation. Because of this it is wise to leave this home repair job to a professional. The last thing one wants is to put ones residence and occupants at risk from a water heater exploding!

So what should one do with their old water heater after that? Each state controls this in a different way, yet we intend to share exactly what a few of the various choices are, not simply exactly what takes place right here in Waco TX.

Choices for Water Heater DisposalsOld Water Heater for Scrap

Hot Water Heater Donation
There are instances when property owners update a hot water heater because they need a bigger one, not because it is not functioning any longer. Maybe there are more people residing in the home, or more warm water utilizing devices are being utilized, so a bigger storage tank heater is needed. Since the current water heater still functions as it should, it could easily be donated. First provide the Goodwill a call to see if they can accept it. Likewise, there are various local Christian contribution groups that might be able to utilize it also.

If none of these groups that are called have the ability to accept it, they ought to be aware of just what companies do accept donated water heaters. It can be a good tax deduction as well.

If one still could not discover a new home for the old heater, list it in a local online website or forum like Craig’s List or Facebook. These do not cost anything too.

Check out these links for more information:

Salvation Army

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Habitat for Humanity

Reuse Old Water Heaters
Depending upon where one lives, recycling companies will take old hot water heater. Some may charge to pick them up if you are not able to take them to the facility, and some are going to charge simply to accept them. However, the copper, brass and steel that the heater is made of does have worth. There are some recycling centers that will pay you the value of the metal in it. It is wise to call to see exactly what the different recycling facilities separately will do. Each state has various regulations for scrap metal recycling. Regrettably, people will steal water heaters to get cash from the recycled value of them. Because of this, people taking water heaters to a recycling center will need to show a valid ID and be at the very least 18 years old.

If there are no recycling centers nearby, or one that will accept an old hot water heater, speak to the local city government. Many times they will have the ability to help with home appliance disposal.

A Trash Service
If one lives outside of the city limits and makes use of a private trash service, call them and see if they will take it. It may cost extra for them to hull it away, however it will save the time of taking it oneself. Often they will try fixing it to recycle it even.

Take Them to a Garbage Dump
Regional landfills will usually take them also. It will probably not be free, however sometimes they may be part of a recycling program that will reuse materials from them also, similar to a scrap metal recycling center.

A Junk Removal Service
Search in the telephone directory or online for a neighborhood junk removal company. They will once again, pick up old home appliances from ones house for a cost. You may also locate someone that will free of cost if they after that, have the ability to get money for recycling it.

Scrap ItWater Heater Regulator
For homeowners that are handy and have some spare time, scraping ones old water heater and marketing the metal and/or parts will assist to offset the expense of the replacement water heater. For gas hot water heater, which are the most usual type, the regulator is the most beneficial piece to salvage.

We are not going to enter into the information of all the different hot water heater parts and of just what metals each might be made up of. A hammer or saw will be required to dismantle the heater, for most of the components will be corroded with each other.

The components that are constructed from copper, which there will be lots, are the main parts to save, in addition to the regulator once again. There will thick copper wiring used for the majority of all of it.

If one had the anode rods changed recently, it will be worth taking out and saving them. They might be able to be utilized in the substitute hot water heater once their original anode rods require to be replaced, or they can be sold.

First attempt reselling the regulator oneself however if that does not work, a lot of scrap yards will provide a price for them usually.

If the hot water heater being changed is an electric model, it also will have some scrap metal value. It will have components comprised of zinc plated copper or stainless steel. Since copper will corrode and tarnish, take a look in any way the installations well to see if they are made of copper or not.

So these are the regular end of life burial choices for ones hot water heater. As usual, do not wait to contact us if you feel your water heater is not operating like it should. We will do whatever we could to repair the unit before aiming to do a hot water heater replacement.