I had to replace my 30 years old elec. water heater and need to
dispose of it. The recycling center takes metal scrap for free but
charges for full water heaters.
I'd like to cut up the old water heater into small sections for metal
recycling. My biggest question it what's the main storage tank made
of. Is it steel? If it's glass lined does this cause any problems in
cutting it up?
Does a sawsall work OK or would a cutting torch work better. I'm just
not sure what to expect once I peel off the steel shell.
Sawsall with the right blade-- But even if you have a sawsall, it's
cheaper to use a $5 plywood blade in a skilsaw. It starts slow-
but once it gets going it melts its way through. I've used the
same $5 blade to chop up two 275gallon oil barrels and 3 hot water
tanks so far-- since it is 'cutting' mostly by friction heat it
seems like the smoother it gets the faster it cuts.
!!!Be sure to use eye and respiratory protection!!!!
I have 3 thoughts: Is this to: 1) Remove it from your house? 2) To get a
the elements in it to fix it or 3) For cleaning it out? Also, is it Gas
or Electric? I just recently did some work (home owner knowledge only)
and it was less than a 10 minute job to replace the heating elements
(both top and bottom) and about $45.00 in parts. One of the simplist
jobs I ever had to do. All that was required was to turn off the
electric, turn off the water, open the pressure valve, start to drain
the tank, and then get a BIG cressant wrench to take out the elements.
You will need a screwdriver too, to remove the wires attached to those
elements. Then just reverse the operation. Don't pay an electrician to
do this simple job!!! Michael at Aspenologies :D
I've changed a lot of electric water heater elements
without draining the heater. Of course I turn everything
off and relieve the pressure but if you're quick enough,
you can remove and replace the element with very little
water splashing out of the hole. It's even better if you
have a helper to hold a pan or small bucket to catch any
water. Hint, close the T/P valve first and any open hot
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