Refrigerator Removal ObstaclesYou can try to sell and/or donate used appliances, but should not resort to illegal dumping if in bad condition. Refrigerators are of particular concern because these appliances contain a biological hazard — freon. This coolant is regulated under the 1987 Montreal Protocol, to help protect the environment.
You’re wasting $65 or more in electricity to run a fridge that’s at the end of its life. Before it breaks and leaves you with a lot of spoiled food on your hands, replace it with an Energy Star qualified fridge or freezer that’s no bigger than you need. They cost only half as much to run and offer advanced technology to keep your food fresher longer. —Energy Star.govIn fact, the 1990 Clean Air Act, states explicitly no items, including appliances, containing CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons) and/or HCFCs (hydrochlorofluorocarbons), are to be accepted by any agency, unless demonstrable proof of CFCs and/or HCFCs is provided. That’s significant, which makes disposing of a refrigerator all-the-more difficult, especially one that’s in non-working order.
Alhambra-Valley Refrigerator Removal Guide You can UseNow, let’s take a look at some of your options. Of course, you should know the alternatives and here they are:
- Sell it. If the refrigerator is in good working condition and isn’t an eyesore, you might be able to sell it. If you do decide to sell it, don’t be aggressive with the price; instead, sell it for a steal and you’ll be rid of it quickly while still putting a little cash in your pocket.
- Recycle it. If you are buying a new refrigerator, chances are good the retailer will provide a recycling option in exchange for your purchase. However, if you are buying from a used appliance dealer, this might not be an option, specifically if the refrigerator is in bad and/or non-repairable condition.
- Donate it. You can also donate it if it’s in good, working condition. It might just be a welcome gift to a local shelter and you get a small tax write off, in return. Regardless, it’s a quick fix.
- Fix it. Speaking of a fix, that’s another option. If it’s not working correctly, you can repair it and reuse it. Or, just repair and relocate it as a second unit.