What Happens to Old Hot Water Heaters

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

Many hot water heater repair business, like us, will look after effectively disposing of ones old water heater when we perform a hot water heater replacement for our Tempe customers. Nevertheless, there are individuals that either try to replace their water heater themselves or get someone else to perform it for them. However, we spend a great deal of our time helping house owners correctly install their water heater from when they run into difficultly. There are several safety actions that need to be followed in order for there not to be an issue with the setup. Because of this it is wise to leave this house repair job to a professional. The last thing one wants is to put ones residence and residents at risk from a hot water heater blowing up!

So what should one do with their old water heater then? Each state controls this in a different way, but we wish to share exactly what several of the various options are, not just exactly what takes place right here in Tempe AZ.

Options for Hot Water Heater DisposalsOld Water Heater for Scrap

Water Heater Donation
There are instances when house owners replace a water heater because they require a larger one, not since it is not working any longer. Maybe there are more individuals living in the house, or more hot water using devices are being utilized, so a bigger storage tank heater is needed. Since the current heater still functions well, it can easily be donated. First provide the Goodwill a call to see if they can accept it. Additionally, there are different regional Christian contribution groups that might be able to utilize it too.

If none of these organizations that are called have the ability to take it, they should be aware of what companies do accept contributed water heaters. It can be a good tax deduction as well.

If one still could not locate a new home for the old heater, advertise 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 on where one lives, recycling business will accept old water heaters. Some could charge to come get them if you are not able to take them to the facility, and some may charge a fee simply to accept them. Nevertheless, the copper, brass and steel that the water heater is comprised of does have value. There are some recycling facilities that will pay you the value of the metal it is made of. It is smart to call around to see exactly what the different recycling locations separately will do. Each state has different laws for scrap metal recycling. Regrettably, individuals will steal hot water heater to get money from the recycled worth of them. Because of this, individuals taking hot water heater to a recycling center will should show a legitimate ID and be at least 18 years of age.

If there are not any recycling centers close by, or one that will take an old water heater, call the local government. Sometimes they will be able to assist with appliance disposal.

A Rubbish Service
If one resides outside of the city limits and utilizes a private trash company, get in touch with them and ask if they will take it. It may cost extra for them to take it, yet it will conserve the time of moving it oneself. Occasionally they will try fixing it to recycle it also.

Take Them to a Garbage Dump
Local land fills will normally accept them as well. It will most likely not be free, but many times they could be part of a recycling program that will reuse materials from them also, just like a scrap metal recycling center.

A Junk Elimination Service
Look in the telephone directory or online for a local scrap removal company. They will once more, pick up old home appliances from ones home for a cost. You may also find someone that will free of charge if they after that, are able to get money for recycling it.

Scrap ItWater Heater Regulator
For homeowners that are handy and have some additional time, scraping ones old water heater and marketing the metal and/or components could assist to offset the price of the substitute hot water heater. For gas hot water heater, which are the most typical type, the regulator is the most valuable piece to salvage.

We will not go into the details 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 needed to take apart the heater, for a number of the components will be corroded with each other.

The components that are constructed from copper, which there will be numerous, are the main components to keep, in addition to the regulator once again. There will thick copper electrical wiring used for most all of it.

If one had the anode rods replaced just recently, it will be worth removing and keeping them. They might be able to be made use of in the replacement hot water heater as soon as their original anode rods require to be replaced, or they may can be sold.

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

If the water heater being updated is an electric kind, it also will have some scrap metal worth. It will have components comprised of zinc plated copper or stainless steel. Considering that copper will corrode and tarnish, have a look in any way the installations well to see if they are made of copper.

So these are the regular end of life burial options for ones hot water heater. As usual, do not hesitate to contact us if you think your hot water heater is not operating like it should. We will do everything we can to repair the device prior to wanting to do a water heater replacement.