What Happens to Old Water Heaters

Posted by on Oct 11, 2016 in Water Heater Installation Fresno, Water Heater Replacement Fresno

Most water heater repair business, like us, will deal with correctly getting rid of ones old hot water heater when we carry out a hot water heater replacement for our Fresno customers. Nevertheless, there are individuals that either attempt to update their water heater themselves or know somebody else to do it for them. Regrettably, we invest a lot of our time helping property owners correctly mount their hot water heater from when they encounter difficultly. There are several safety actions that should be followed in order for there not to be a concern with the installment. Because of this it is best to leave this home repair job to an expert. The last thing one wants is to have ones home and occupants at risk from a hot water heater blowing up!

So what should one do with their old hot water heater then? Each state manages this in a different way, however we want to share exactly what several of the different options are, not simply exactly what happens here in Fresno CA.

Options for Water Heater DisposalsOld Water Heater for Scrap

Water Heater Donation
There are times when property owners change a water heater due to the fact that they need a larger one, not due to the fact that it is not working still. Perhaps there are more individuals staying in the residence, or even more hot water using appliances are being made use of, so a larger storage tank heater is required. Considering that the existing water heater still works well, it can quickly be donated. First provide the Goodwill a call to see if they could take it. Additionally, there are various local Christian contribution groups that may be able to utilize it too.

If none of these organizations that are called have the ability to take it, they should understand just what companies do take contributed water heaters. It can be a great tax deduction too.

If one still can not discover a home for the old heater, market it in a neighborhood online internet site or forum like Craig’s List or Facebook. These do not charge anything as well.

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 accept old water heaters. Some could charge to pick them up if you are not able to take them to the facility, and some may charge a fee simply to take them. Nevertheless, the copper, brass and steel that the heater is made of does have value. There are some recycling centers that will pay you the value of the metal in it. It is best to call to see exactly what the various recycling locations each will do. Each state has different regulations for scrap metal recycling. Regrettably, individuals will steal water heaters to collect money from the recycled value of them. Due to this, people taking water heaters to a recycling center will should present a valid ID and be at the very least 18 years old.

If there are no recycling centers nearby, or one that will take an old hot water heater, get in touch with the local government. Many times they will have the ability to aid with home appliance disposal.

A Garbage Service
If one lives beyond the city limits and makes use of a private garbage service, call them and see if they will take it. It could cost extra for them to hull it away, but it will conserve the time of moving it oneself. In some cases they will attempt repairing it to reuse it even.

Take Them to a Garbage Dump
Local land fills will typically accept them too. It will probably not be free, but sometimes they might be part of a reusing program that will reuse products from them as well, similar to a scrap metal recycling facility.

A Junk Elimination Service
Search in the telephone directory or online for a local junk removal company. They will once more, pick up used appliances from ones residence for a fee. You could even find someone that will free of cost if they after that, are able to get money for recycling it.

Scrap ItWater Heater Regulator
For people that are handy and have some extra time, scraping ones old water heater and selling the metal and/or components could assist to offset the expense of the replacement water heater. For gas water heaters, which are the most typical type, the regulator is the most valuable part to salvage.

We are not going to enter into the details of all the different hot water heater components and of just what metals each could be composed of. A hammer or saw will be needed to scrap the heater, for a lot of the parts will be rusted with each other.

The components that are made of copper, which there will be many, are the main components to keep, in addition to the regulator again. There will be heavy copper wiring made use of for the majority of all of it.

If one had the anode rods replaced recently, it will be worth removing and saving them. They might be able to be utilized in the replacement water heater once their initial anode rods need changed, or they could can be sold.

Initially attempt re-selling the regulator oneself however if that does not work, a lot of scrap yards will provide a price for them normally.

If the hot water heater being updated is an electric kind, it too will have some scrap metal worth. It will have components comprised of zinc plated copper or stainless steel. Since copper will corrode and tarnish, have a look at all the installations well to see if they are made of copper.

So these are the typical end of life burial options for ones hot water heater. As usual, do not think twice to contact us if you feel your hot water heater is not running like it ought to. We will do every little thing we could to repair the unit before wanting to do a hot water heater replacement.