H2In fact, if your refrigerator was built before 1995, it was manufactured with a chemical compound that you’ve likely heard about, chlorofluorocarbon, or CFC, which is a refrigerant that is a combination of chlorine, fluorine and carbon. Those gases are quite unhealthy when released into the air. So the longer you keep that old fridge limping along, the more of a health hazard it poses. Refrigerator manufacturers stopped making appliances with CFCs in 2005, and, for good reason.
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.govThe typical refrigerator lasts between 10 and 20 years. After that time frame, it might still function, but it won’t do so efficiently and that wastes electricity and food. In fact, an old refrigerator, or, one’s that’s over 15 years of age, will take up as much as 14 percent of your total electric bill. If your fridge is less than 8 years old, then you might opt to repair it. That will certainly be less costly than replacing the appliance, but if that’s not really a viable alternative, you’ll have to replace it.
Refrigerator Disposal in Mountain ViewHere are a few suggestions for getting a refrigerator out of your property without violating the law (illegal dumping). These are a few ways to go about refrigerator disposal:
- Sell it. Okay, your first inclination is probably to give it away. And, that’s one option (it’s actually the next suggestion) but it’s not the only thing you can do with it. You can try to sell it directly to someone else or to an appliance repair and resale store. Price it cheap or sell it for cheap so it’s out of your hair as quickly as possible.
- Donate it. You can also donate it if it’s in good and 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.
- 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.
- Fix and reuse 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.