There's little as shocking as a hot morning shower suddenly going cold because of a failed water heater. And hot water heater disposal is no fun either.
Hot water heaters can be both bulky and heavy. Not to mention difficult to handle. So, how do you get rid of your old, dead hot water heater?
Nothing lasts forever and that's especially true for appliances and other equipment in our homes. And there are many things we also tend to take for granted, like hot water heaters.
Until they don't. Heat water, that is.
There are few things as distressing as having a house full of kids, along with mom and dad, and no hot water. From baths to showers to dish washing, we depend on a ready source of hot water in our everyday living. So, water heater failure can be a distressing event in any home.
So, how long should one last?
According to one source,
"While many say 8 to 12 years is the expected life for a standard gas-powered water heater, this range can change and be very dependent on where you are located. The level of sediment in your tank affects the lifespan of your water heater."
And home maintenance guru, Bob Vila, agrees,
"A traditional tank-type water heater lasts an average of 8 to 12 years. Inside the tank, an anoderod 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 may eventually destroy the lining. Once corrosion starts inside the tank, the water heater has entered into its final stage of life."
The newer, tankless water heaters, on the other hand, can last up to 20 years. However, the cost of these convenient (and much smaller) units means that many households will still opt for the more traditional model of hot water tank.
Regardless of what type of water heating appliance you use to replace your old one, odds are you will have a large - and heavy - appliance to remove and get rid of.
While many contractors will haul your old unit away for you in exchange for paying them to install your new one, not all of them do. And if you are handy enough to install a new hot water heater by yourself, taking a DIY approach to water heater disposal is never recommended.
Hot water heater tanks are heavy. Even without the water.
On average, you're looking at a large, hard to hold-on-to appliance that can weigh anywhere from 100 to 200 pounds or more. And, if you happen to be the proud owner of a Rheem Commercial High Efficiency ASME Natural Gas Water Heater - which is unlikely for a residential structure - you have a 600 pound unit.
And that's when it's empty!
But you may still choose to - or have to - remove your old unit from where it's installed to make way for a new appliance. The good news is that, with some capable assistance, this can be a DIY task. So, to help you with that endeavor we have put together this handy checklist for hot water heater removal.
Of course, once you manage to get your old water heater out of the house or the garage, you'll need to get rid of it by disposing of it somehow. And that really shouldn't be a DIY task.
Or, as we like to say at Junk King, "Don't do it yourself. Hire the pros. It's what all the 'cool kids' do."
Junk King's water heater disposal and recycling services is your safe, eco-friendly option to take care of an appliance like this. We have the expertise and equipment to remove all types of big, bulky, and old appliances.
Being environmentally-friendly is what we do at Junk King.
In fact, we’re the greenest appliance removal service in the nation, and we want to keep it that way! Which is why we recycle or donate as much of the junk we take as possible using our own sorting facilities and local recycling centers.
When it comes to water heaters and other junk appliances, our team will disassemble the parts or take the equipment to an industrial recycling processor for safe, clean, and energy-efficient repurposing.
Junk King's recycling process keeps your old appliances out of landfills while reducing emissions.
You need experienced professionals fort a great customer service experience and a smooth pick-up and removal, and Junk King provides friendly, helpful service from the moment you schedule your appointment.
We'll call 15 to 30 minutes before we show up to confirm our arrival, and you'll always receive free, no-obligation estimate before we begin junk removal.
Oh... and there's never any hidden fees!
Our trained staff will safely disconnect and remove your water heater from the site and carefully carry it out to our junk removal truck. It’s a task that requires skill, experience, and the right equipment to make sure everything goes quickly and smoothly.
Which is why Junk King is the right choice!
So, ready for safe, efficient junk removal and environmentally friendly appliance removal and recycling?
It's as easy as 1,2,3.
Book online today or call 1.888.888.JUNK (5865) to get started so you can enjoy your new, more efficient water heater even sooner!