Most hot water heater repair firms, like us, will deal with appropriately disposing of ones old hot water heater when we carry out a hot water heater replacement for our Richmond clients. Nevertheless, there are people that either attempt to update their water heater themselves or have someone else to perform it for them. Unfortunately, we invest a great deal of our time assisting home owners correctly mount their water heater from when they run into difficultly. There are numerous safety actions that have to be followed so there is not an issue with the installation. That is why it is important to leave this home repair job to a professional. The last thing one desires is to place ones house and occupants in danger from a water heater exploding!

So exactly what should one do with their old hot water heater then? Each state manages this in different ways, but we wish to share what some of the various alternatives are, not just exactly what occurs right here in Richmond VA.

Options for Water Heater Disposals

Hot Water Heater Donation
There are times when property owners change a hot water heater because they need to find a larger one, not due to the fact that it is not working still. Possibly there are more individuals staying in the home, or more hot water utilizing devices are being used, so a larger storage tank heater is needed. Because the existing heater still functions as it should, it could quickly be donated. First give the Goodwill a phone call to see if they can accept it. Also, there are various neighborhood Christian donation groups that might have the ability to use it as well.

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

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

Check out these links for more information:

Salvation Army

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Habitat for Humanity

Recycle Old Water Heaters
Depending upon where one lives, recycling companies will accept old hot water heater. Some could charge to come get them if you are unable to take them to the center, and some will charge just to accept them. Nevertheless, the copper, brass and steel that the heater is comprised of does have value. There are some recycling centers that will pay you the value of the metal it is made of. It is wise to call around to see what the different recycling places independently will do. Each state has different regulations for scrap metal recycling. Sadly, individuals will steal water heaters to collect money from the recycled worth of them. Due to this, individuals taking hot water heater to a recycling center will have to present a legitimate ID and be at 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. Lot of times they will have the ability to aid with home appliance disposal.

A Rubbish Service
If one resides outside of the city limits and utilizes a private garbage service, get in touch with them and ask if they will accept it. It might cost extra for them to take it, yet it will conserve the time of moving it oneself. Sometimes they will try fixing it to recycle it even.

Take Them to a Garbage Dump
Local land fills will normally allow them also. It will probably not be free, yet many times they could be part of a reusing program that will reuse products from them too, just like a scrap metal recycling facility.

A Junk Removal Service
Look in the phone book or online for a regional junk removal company. They will once again, pick up old appliances from ones home for a cost. You might even locate a person that will totally free if they after that, are able to get money for recycling it.

Scrap It
For homeowners that are handy and have some extra time, scraping ones old water heater and marketing the metal and/or parts will help offset the price of the substitute water heater. For gas hot water heater, which are the most typical kind, the regulator is one of the most important part to salvage.

We will not go into the details of all the different hot water heater components and of exactly what metals each could be made up of. A hammer or saw will be required to scrap the heater, for much of the components will be corroded with each other.

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

If one had the anode rods changed lately, it will be worth removing and keeping them. They may be able to be used in the replacement hot water heater once their original anode rods need changed, or they could can be sold.

Initially attempt re-selling the regulator oneself yet if that does not work, the majority of scrap yards will offer a price for them generally.

If the water heater being replaced is an electric model, 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 whatsoever the fittings well to see if they are made of copper.

So these are the typical end of life burial options for ones warm water heater. Once again, do not be reluctant to contact us if you feel your water heater is not operating like it ought to. We will do everything we could to repair the system prior to seeking to do a water heater replacement.