Water heater disposal and removal isn’t all that complex or difficult. But, it does require some small level of DIY skills to do it right. Water heater removal is actually a lot less cumbersome than water heater disposal. And, certainly less so than installing a new unit. Read on to learn more about old water heater disposal and removal.
Common Water Heater Failure Signs
If you’re unsure whether or not your water heater is failing it helps to look for a few telltale signs. Of course, the most obvious is that it runs (you can hear it cycle on and off) but it doesn’t actually heat the water in the tank. That could point to failing or bad heating elements. Another sign a water heater is dying is that it leaks (duh). The tank’s integrity might be compromised.
When your water heater begins to leak, you have to replace it fast. Even if you don’t need a new water heater right now, chances are you will within the next few years. Water heaters tend to last seven to 15 years. If yours is getting old, this article is also for you. Replacing a water heater isn’t difficult if you’re handy with basic tools and have a bit of experience soldering copper. --Family Handyman
Strange noises — which are caused by hardening sediment — that too is a bad sign. Or, if water does heat but no longer to the desired temperature, that also means trouble. Now, if you spot any of these problems, it’s time for a replacement.
Sarasota Water Heater Disposal Guide
The 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.
Now, before you begin to rip out the old water heater, you’ll need a plan for that soo-to-be-gone unit. While it might be simple to roll it out to the curb, this won’t work. That’s because the local trash collection agency won’t touch it. (Since it contains hazardous materials and recyclable components.) That means you’ll need a plan to deal with the old unit, such as having a junk hauler take it away.
Of course, you can always remove the unit yourself and then take it to the right drop-off facility. But, that means knowing where to take it and what to expect. So, have a plan ready to go to eliminate or lessen the time it takes to deal with the old unit.