Eventually, there may come a time when you need to upgrade from your older model water heater with something more efficient - and when this day arrives, you must know how to responsibly and safely remove and dispose of the old unit. M&M Waste goes through this removal and disposal process and discusses dumpster rentals as a convenient means for handling waste from this task.
Before beginning any removal process, safety should always come first. Water heaters typically connect via gas or electricity and contain hot water, posing risks if handled incorrectly. Here are a few safety measures you should keep in mind:
To successfully uninstall and dispose of an old water heater, it will require certain tools and materials:
Next, disconnect the power source. For electric water heaters, turn off their circuit breaker while, with gas water heaters, shut down their gas supply valve.
If your gas water heater uses natural gas, disconnect its gas supply line before unplugging the heater from power. Remove any other connections attached to it, such as electrical wires or control panels, as soon as you finish unplugging it from its connection point.
Once all connections have been disconnected, the water heater can be safely taken from its place of installation and moved elsewhere. For larger loads, dolly or hand truck services offer transportation assistance for safe transporting.
After your old water heater is no longer inconvenient, the next step should be responsibly considering its disposal. Water heaters can often be recycled successfully, while many components contain valuable resources that may be reused. Here are a few possible disposal strategies:
Removing an old water heater on your own can generate considerable waste and debris, and renting a dumpster may be the optimal way to collect and dispose of both, plus all related debris, like pipes or insulation, in one location.
M&M Waste offers reliable dumpster rental services, making water heater removal and other projects much simpler than before. Our knowledgeable dumpster company understands this need to rent a dumpster, offering seamless disposal solutions at every turn.