If you've had your hot water heater for more than eight or nine years, you're probably going to need to replace it sooner than later. And maybe even dispose of it.
The first challenge is removing it properly if you choose to do it yourself. The other challenge is how to properly dispose of it once it's out of the house!
When the Hot Water Is No More
There are few things in domestic life that are more jarring - and dreaded - than to be in the shower to suddenly find that there's no hot water. When a residential hot water heater suddenly passes on to the Great Appliance Beyond, it constitutes a real emergency.
How long should yours last?
According to Bob Vila,
"A traditional tank-type water heater lasts an average of eight to 12 years. Inside the tank, an anode rod protects the interior lining by attracting all corrosive particles to itself through a process called electrolysis. When the rod has corroded to such an extent that it can no longer do its job, those particles settle at the bottom of the water tank, where they eventually destroy the lining. Once corrosion starts inside the tank, the water heater has entered into its final stage of life."
Fortunately, traditional water heaters are relatively affordable and relatively easy to purchase. How much, you ask? Typically, a 50 gallon hot water heater costs between $400-$2,200, while a 75 gallon version can run between $900-$3,000.
Then there's the installation.
According to a recent post at HomeAdvisor.com,
"Installing a water heater costs $803 and $1,521, or an average of $1,138, including the unit and labor. Tankless heaters cost about $1,000 to $3,000. Water heaters cost $300 to $2,000+ for the unit alone while plumber labor runs $45 to $150 per hour. The length of the job averages 2 to 3 hours."
However, for most homeowners, having one installed professionally is still far better than trying to do it yourself.
That being said, many of those same homeowners might not balk at removing the recently deceased hot water tank themselves.
DIY Hot Water Heater Removal
While you may prefer to have a professional remove your old water heater for you, if you're at all handy with basic tools, this can be a job for a confident do-it-yourself type of person.
With that in mind, we created this handy checklist for safely and efficiently removing your old water heater prior to having a new replacement installed.
What to Do With the Old Hot Water Heater?
All hot water tanks are made of steel and other metals. Even though there are other materials inside that can't be recycled, the good news for you is that most, if not all, of your hot water heater parts can be recycled.
Now the question is what to do with the big tank cut up parts and pieces?
You may want to take them all to the dump, but that's probably not a good option. In fact, depending on where you live that may not even be an option! You could try to take it all to a scrap metal dealer, but you'll still need a vehicle that you can haul it in.
Or you could call a professional junk hauling and old appliance removal service.
Your Junk Hauling and Appliance Removal Service
Household junk can come in many forms.
It could be old, unusable appliances, broken down furniture, or large amounts of trash. Or maybe you recently started a gardening or landscaping project that’s left piles of dirt and debris that you need to get rid of. And, just maybe, you still have junk and clutter in your house and yard that you haven’t had time to clean up.
Whatever it is - including old hot water heaters - we can handle it for you.
Junk King provides an efficient, safe and eco-friendly appliance removal service so you don’t need to worry about the pick up or disposal of your item. Our experienced junk removal team will break down and haul off any types of debris or junk you have. Unlike the backseat of your car, our junk removal trucks are made to handle those bulky items.
Ready to get rid of your hot water heater? It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3.
You make an appointment by booking online above or by calling 1.888.888.JUNK (5865) and our professional and insured yard waste removal team will show up at your home (or office!) We'll call 15 minutes before we arrive on site and give you a free estimate based on how much room your items take up in our truck, with no hidden fees.