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Clean out water heater with hydrogen peroxide and re-use

Rinse old water heater with 2 pints hydrogen peroxide. Read about cleaning out tank
Do not use bleach. It takes forever to rinse out bleach. Hydrogen peroxide is oxygen and hydrogen, and can be used to rinse mouth etc, and is safe.
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1) Use for Tempering tank

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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2) Use as solar water heater

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

then it cannot be repaired

Diagnose leaking water heater

Dump water heater from car Option 1) Dump water heater off back of car
Fun, but Not best plan.

Experience says: Wear gorilla mask.
Recycle center Option 2) 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.
Example scrap dealer
Recycle center Option 3) 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
         Option 4) Call metal scrappers
Reasonable plan.
May need more than 1 item.
Round up more items from neighbors.
Check references.
Honest scarpper and copper thief might be same person.
Option 5) Call plumber
Reasonable plan.

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

Always bring helpers

Water heaters weigh 90-200+ lbs

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