Options For Disposing Of Your Old Hot Water Heater
Hot water heaters eventually need to be replaced. Once you have hired a plumbing company like 2 Guys Plumbing and Heating Inc. to replace your hot water heater, you will have a large piece of metal that you will need to dispose of and it might be difficult to determine what to do with it. Fortunately, the hot water heater is made up of several useful components that could be recycled or sold.
Place A "Free" Sign On It
If you want to dispose of your hot water heater with minimal effort, you can place it in front of your home and place a sign that reads "free." The downside is that you will not earn a profit from the hot water heater, but it may not be profitable to waste time disposing of your hot water heater.
Contact The City
Contact your city to find out if there is an appliance recycling program. This is the easiest way to dispose of an old hot water heater. They will instruct you on the designated location that you will need to take the hot water heater. There is sometimes a community recycling day that allows you to place your hot water heater near your home to have it picked up by the local recycling company.
If you are handy with tools, you could take your hot water heater apart and scrap the parts within. By taking your hot water heater apart, the scrap metal will be worth more than if you had simply brought the hot water heater. The most valuable metal you will likely find in the hot water heater is copper.
If you are more interested in making a donation, and your hot water heater still works, consider contacting a local thrift store to find out if they accept hot water heaters. They may be able to give one away to a family that would otherwise not be able to afford one. If you cannot find an organization that will take the hot water heater, consider placing an ad on one of several online personal ad services.
When all else fails, you might have to take the hot water heater to a local landfill. This is the worst scenario because it is not great for the environment and will not generate a profit. Keep in mind that some garbage companies will not collect a hot water heater, but the landfill may take it if you drop it off.