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How to recycle water heater
Old water heater NOT leaking:
Clean out water heater and re-use

1) Rinse old water heater with 2 pints hydrogen peroxide.
Hydrogen peroxide is oxygen and hydrogen, and is best choice/ H2O2 can be used to rinse mouth etc. How to clean hot water heater with H2O2
2) Bleach can be used: How to clean hot water heater with bleach
3) Remove sediment How to Remove sediment from tank
4) If odor is problem, How to replace anode rod

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Two water heaters
New heater connected to power/ Old heater has no power                    
If tank is not leaking: Use for Tempering tank
If Water heater is not leaking:

Illustration shows two heaters.
Tempering tank is heater #1 and not connected to power source.
Heater #2 is regular water heater that is connected to power source.

Applies to both gas and electric water heaters.

Tempering tank (heater #1) is placed in naturally warm location.
This action passively pre-heats cold incoming water before water enters heater #2.
Tempering tank saves money in regions with very cold incoming water.

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Batch solar water heater

If tank is not leaking: Use as passive solar water heater

If Water heater is not leaking:

Old heater can be used as passive solar water heater.
Good for regions with hot summer sun.

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If tank is not leaking: Advertise on craigslist etc
Another person may want a passive solar tank, tempering tank, or simply need a cheap heater.
Be sure to advertise the model number and type of fuel (electric, propane, natural gas, oil). Someone might have same model heater and need replacement parts. Recommended do not re-use old gas control valve.

electric thermostat on gas water heater If tank is not leaking: Be a scientist: Add another thermostat to water heater

For example turn off power to recirculation pump that pumps water from solar panel or secondary tank...or control electric water heater from the gas water heater... or turn off solenoid valve that turns off gas line... or connect to indicator light to notify when tank reaches set point... or connect to solenoid water valve that turns on hot water. Thermostat is mechanical and will work with 12-12 Volt AC-DC, 120-208-240, 277 volt AC electricity.

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Flue pipe leaking
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If old water heater is leaking, it cannot be repaired 
Leaking water heater that is rusted out can be welded, but tank failure remains as risk.

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Dump water heater from car If tank is leaking: Dump water heater off back of car
Fun.
Not best plan.

Experience says: Wear gorilla mask.
Recycle center If tank is leaking: Sell to scrap metal dealer
Best plan. Make $6, minus cost of gas.
Remember the copper thieves are regular customers at these places

Empty water heater weighs 90-200 lbs
Water heaters considered White Goods or appliances.
Local scrap dealer will pay for recycled water heater.
Remove electronic controls. Remove electric blower if applicable.
Separate parts to maximize value.
Remove copper wire from electric water heater.
TP valve is brass. Some drain valves are brass. Gas burners can be stainless. Thermocouple is copper. Galvanized pipe nipples can be re-used. Dip tube may be re-usable. 12 sheet metal screws hold metal shell together. Do not re-use gas control valve.
Recycle center If tank is leaking: Drop off at recycle center.
Good plan. Costs money. Support local community.

Expect to pay $5-$10+ depending on region and local rules.
No need to remove electronics or other parts.
Metal will be recycled and put back onto market.
Example recycle center
water heater on lawn If tank is leaking: leave for trash pick up
Many communities recycle items such as water heaters
        
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If tank is leaking: Call metal scrappers
Reasonable plan.
May need more than 1 item.
Round up more items from neighbors.
Check references.
Honest scrapper and copper thief might be same person.

  art-post.net If tank is leaking: Call plumber
Reasonable plan.

Plumber will install new heater, and remove old heater for charge.

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water heaters at recycle center If tank is leaking: Start a collection
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New Heater
Water heaters weigh 90-200+ lbs
Your wife needs exercise... have her help
 
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