Many water heater repair firms, like us, will look after properly taking care of ones old water heater when we carry out a water heater replacement for our Katy customers. Nonetheless, there are people that either attempt to replace their hot water heater themselves or know another person to do it for them. Sadly, we spend a lot of our time aiding homeowners properly install their water heater from when they face difficultly. There are many safety steps that need to be followed so there is not a concern with the installation. Because of this it is wise to leave this home repair task to an expert. The last thing one wants is to place ones house and loved ones in danger from a water heater exploding!
So what should one do with their old hot water heater after that? Each state manages this differently, yet we intend to share what several of the different options are, not just what occurs right here in Katy TX.
Choices for Hot Water Heater Disposals
Water Heater Donation
There are instances when house owners change a hot water heater due to the fact that they need to find a bigger one, not since it is not working any longer. Possibly there are more individuals residing in the home, or more warm water utilizing home appliances are being made use of, so a bigger storage tank heater is required. Considering that the current water heater still operates well, it can easily be donated. First offer the Goodwill a phone call to see if they could take it. Likewise, there are different neighborhood Christian donation organizations that may have the ability to utilize it as well.
If none of these groups that are called are able to take it, they should understand exactly what organizations do accept donated hot water heater. It can be a great tax deduction also.
If one still could not discover a new home for the old heater, advertise it in a local online internet site or forum like Craig’s List or Facebook. These do not cost anything as well.
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Recycle Old Water Heaters
Depending upon where one lives, recycling centers will take old water heaters. Some may charge to come get them if you are unable to take them to the facility, and some are going to charge just to take them. Nonetheless, the copper, brass and steel that the water heater is comprised of does have worth. There are some recycling facilities that will pay you the value of the metal it is made of. It is best to call around to see exactly what the various recycling facilities each will do. Each state has various laws for scrap metal recycling. However, individuals will steal hot water heater to get cash from the recycled worth of them. Due to this, individuals taking hot water heater to a recycling facility will need to present a valid ID and be at the very least 18 years of age.
If there are no recycling centers nearby, or one that will accept an old water heater, call the local city government. Many times they will be able to aid with home appliance disposal.
A Trash Service
If one lives outside of the city limits and utilizes a private trash company, call them and ask if they will accept it. It could cost extra for them to take it, however it will save the time of moving it oneself. Sometimes they will try fixing it to recycle it even.
Take Them to a Landfill
Local land fills will normally take them as well. It will possibly not be free, however sometimes they could be part of a recycling program that will recycle materials from them also, similar to a scrap metal recycling facility.
A Junk Removal Service
Search in the telephone directory or online for a neighborhood scrap removal company. They will once more, pick up used appliances from ones home for a fee. You might also find a person that will for free if they after that, are able to get money for recycling it.
For homeowners that are handy and have some additional time, scraping ones old hot water heater and marketing the metal and/or parts could assist to offset the cost of the substitute water heater. For gas hot water heater, which are the most common 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 components and of exactly what metals each could be composed of. A hammer or saw will be needed to dismantle the heater, for many of the parts will be rusted together.
The parts that are made of copper, which there will be many, are the main components to keep, along with the regulator once more. There will thick copper wiring utilized for most all of it.
If one had the anode rods changed just recently, it will be worth removing and keeping them. They could be able to be made use of in the replacement hot water heater when their original anode rods need replaced, or they may can be sold.
First try re-selling the regulator oneself yet if that does not work, many scrap yards will provide a price for them usually.
If the hot water heater being updated is an electric type, it too will have some scrap metal value. It will have parts made of zinc plated copper or stainless steel. Given that copper will corrode and tarnish, take a look at all the fittings well to see if they are made of copper.
So these are the regular end of life burial options for ones hot water heater. Once again, do not wait to call us if you feel your water heater is not running like it ought to. We will do whatever we can to repair the unit before aiming to do a hot water heater replacement.