What Occurs to Old Water Heaters

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

Many hot water heater repair firms, like us, will deal with effectively disposing of ones old water heater when we do a hot water heater replacement for our Las Vegas customers. Nevertheless, there are people who either try to update their hot water heater themselves or have somebody else to do it for them. Sadly, we invest a lot of our time helping home owners appropriately install their water heater from when they face difficultly. There are numerous safety actions that need to be followed so there is not a problem with the installment. That is why it is best to leave this home repair task to a specialist. The last thing one desires is to place ones home and loved ones at risk from a hot water heater blowing up!

So exactly what should one do with their old hot water heater then? Each state regulates this in different ways, but we want to share what several of the various options are, not just exactly what occurs right here in Las Vegas NV.

Alternatives for Water Heater DisposalsOld Water Heater for Scrap

Water Heater Donation
There are instances when property owners update a hot water heater due to the fact that they require a larger one, not because it is not functioning still. Maybe there are more individuals living in the house, or more hot water utilizing home appliances are being utilized, so a bigger storage tank heater is needed. Because the existing water heater still functions as it should, it can quickly be donated. First provide the Goodwill a call to see if they could take it. Additionally, there are various regional Christian donation organizations that could have the ability to use it also.

If none of these organizations that are called have the ability to accept it, they should know just what organizations do take donated hot water heater. It can be a nice tax deduction as well.

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

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 take old hot water heater. Some could charge to take them if you are not able to take them to the facility, and some will charge a fee simply to take them. Nevertheless, the copper, brass and steel that the water heater is made of does have worth. There are some recycling locations that will pay you the value of the metal it is made of. It is wise to call to see what the different recycling facilities individually will do. Each state has various regulations for scrap metal recycling. Sadly, individuals will steal water heaters to collect money from the recycled value of them. As a result of this, individuals taking hot water heater to a recycling facility will should show a valid ID and be at least 18 years of age.

If there are not any recycling centers close by, or one that will accept an old hot water heater, contact the local government. Lot of times they will have the ability to assist with appliance disposal.

A Garbage Service
If one resides outside of the city limits and uses a private waste company, call them and see if they will accept it. It could cost additional for them to take it away, yet it will conserve the time of taking it oneself. In some cases they will attempt repairing it to recycle it even.

Take Them to a Landfill
Neighborhood garbage dumps will typically take them as well. It will possibly not be free, but often times they might be part of a reusing program that will recycle materials from them as well, much like a scrap metal recycling center.

A Junk Elimination Service
Look in the telephone directory or online for a neighborhood junk removal company. They will once again, pick up used home appliances from ones house for a cost. You might even locate someone that will totally free if they after that, have the ability 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 marketing the metal and/or parts may assist to offset the cost of the replacement water heater. For gas water heaters, which are the most usual type, the regulator is one of the most important part to salvage.

We will not go into the details of all the different water heater parts and of just what metals each might be composed of. A hammer or saw will be required to dismantle the heater, for a lot of the parts will be corroded together.

The parts that are made of copper, which there will be several, are the main parts to keep, along with the regulator once again. There will be heavy copper wiring made use of for most all of it.

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

First try reselling the regulator oneself yet if that does not work, many scrap yards will offer a price for them typically.

If the hot water heater being updated is an electric type, it also will have some scrap metal worth. It will have parts comprised of zinc plated copper or stainless steel. Since copper will corrode and tarnish, take a look at all the fittings well to see if they are made of copper or not.

So these are the regular end of life burial choices for ones warm water heater. As usual, do not wait to contact us if you think your hot water heater is not running like it should. We will do whatever we can to repair the system prior to seeking to do a hot water heater replacement.