Can I Scrap My Hot Water Tank for Money?

Have you recently replaced your hot water tank and aren’t sure what to do with your old one? Instead of throwing it out or allowing someone else to pick it up and sell it for scrap, you should consider selling the tank for scrap yourself.


If you bring your tank to a scrap metal recycler in Calgary such as Federal Metals, then you can indeed scrap it for money. Below are some tips to help you make the most out of your efforts.


Should the Tank Be Scrapped Whole?

Depending on what your hot water tank is made of, the entire unit will likely be classified as tin, light iron, or mixed metal scrap, all of which would be considered ferrous and not worth as much as non-ferrous scrap metal.


However, your tank likely does contain some non-ferrous metals, such as copper and brass, which can be removed and scrapped separately for more value.


Finding and Removing the Valuable Metals

There are four main places to look for these valuable, non-ferrous metals on your tank. If you are unsure whether the metal is ferrous or non-ferrous, you can simply check it with a magnet. Magnets will not stick to non-ferrous metal.


  1. The cap: There should be two copper pipes sticking out of the top of your water tank, and you may find a brass connector as well. You should be able to remove these pipes with a pipe wrench.
  2. The valve: You can also use your pipe wrench to remove the value which should also be found at the top of the tank. The valve is often made of copper.
  3. The gas regulator: At the base of the unit you will find a gas regulator, which is generally made of aluminum, brass, or cast zinc.
  4. The knobs: Check if the knobs on your unit are made of brass. If so, they can also be sold separately.


Copper and Scrap Metal Recycling in Calgary

If you want to ensure that you are getting the best scrap metal prices for your hot water tank, come visit the trusted scrap metal recyclers and suppliers at Federal Metals Inc. At Federal Metals Inc. we have over 60 years of experience providing quality scrap metal recycling services in Calgary, and we will gladly take your hot water tank off your hands.

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