Posted on: 24 August 2016
When your old water heater finally gives out, you not only have the expense of the new one, you have to figure out what to do with the old one. Having someone haul it away can simply add to your financial woes. Fortunately, you do have other options in addition to dumping it in your garage or hiding it in your basement. Your old water heater can still pay off for you.
If you do a little research, you may be able to get rid of your water heater and make a little money at the same time. Some recycling centers will buy your old water heater because of the steel and other elements it offers. If you are lucky, you'll find one that will pick up your old model and give you a little cash. Others will require that you bring in the water heater. You won't get rich, but you'll get rid of it and may be able to go out to dinner on the proceeds.
Instead of scrapping your old water heater, you can use it as a tempering tank as long as the old model does not leak. You can connect the cold water to the old tank and then the old tank to the new water heater. Cold water will collect in the old tank and warm up a bit, meaning your new tank won't use as much power to heat it. You'll save on your fuel bills and have an extra reservoir of water in case of emergencies. Ask your plumber about this option when they are installing your new model.
You can repurpose your water heater as a rustic looking planter without a great deal of effort. You can saw it in two and plant a variety of perennials and annuals in the resulting stand. Your other option is to cut a rectangle out of one side of the water tank for a horizontal planter. Place it on one side of your patio for an interesting border of fresh blooms.
Your old water heater may not be done working for you even when it's been replaced. You can pay to have it hauled away, but other options can benefit you more. You can earn a little money or use the water heater to make your home more attractive or comfortable. Consider your options before you consign your old model to the landfill.Share