Water Heater Disposal TipsWhen it is time for the water heater to go and to bring in a replacement, you want to make the transition quickly and with as little hassle as possible. But, if you plan to swap it out yourself, then you’ll need a plan to offload the old unit. Of course, you can’t put it out on the street or on the curb because the local trash collection agency won’t pick it up. And, it could get you hit with a code violation.
Hot water on tap is one of great conveniences of modern society. In the 1800’s if you wanted a hot bath you had to warm water on a wood burning stove or over a fireplace, make multiple trips to the tub and then hope it doesn’t cool too much before you jump in. Today we just turn on the faucet and enjoy. But if your water heater is failing that bath you planned may not go so well. —Home Depot.comThat risk, not to mention the fact that it’s at the very least a huge eyesore. After all, it’s not going to magically transform itself into a new appliance. So, you’ll need to deal with it in an effective and realistic manner.
Clearwater Water Heater Removal GuideThe average water heater lifespan ranges between 10 to 15 years, according to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors. So, if it’s about a decade to a decade and a half old, it’s probably on its way out. So, exactly how do you know if a water heater is actually going bad? Well, here are some signs you can look for:
- Age. If you’re unsure of the unit’s age, look for the serial number. The first letter corresponds to the first letter of the month. For instance, if the first letter is “F” that’s the sixth letter of the alphabet, and the sixth month of the year is June. The following two numbers are the year. So, “09” is 2009.
- Bad water. Bad water, colored or smelly water is another sign the water heater is going bad. Turn on a few faucets and an outside spigot to see if it’s consistent. If so, it’s probably failing. Additionally, strange noises are a telltale sign.
- No actual hot water. Of course, the most obvious sign is hot water. Before you buy a replacement, check the heating elements to see if they are bad.