The decision to replace or upgrade an old appliance can sometimes be both exciting and dreadful.
You knew it was just a matter of time before that washing machine was going to give up that last leg it had been running on for the last month or so or maybe you came home from work one day only to find that the refrigerator retired without warning.
The timing couldn’t be any worse, but the inevitable is here and it is now time to replace those old appliances.
Once you make the decision to purchase a new appliance, there is always one thing you have to keep in mind.
You have to get rid of the old to make room for the new. Deciding what to do with your old appliances does not have to be a difficult decision to make if you are aware of your options.
There are a few things to take into consideration when deciding the best avenue to take when disposing of old appliances.
Will the Retail Store Swap out My Old with the New?
Most retail stores will offer to pick up your old appliance upon delivery of your new appliance.
They may charge a small fee depending on the type of appliance that they are picking up.
Some retailers may even offer a rebate or discount toward the purchase of a new appliance when you agree to let them pick up your old appliance.
Some appliances such as refrigerators, freezers and some air conditioners require some careful manual disassembly before disposing or recycling due to toxic chemicals found in the components.
These retailers are mandated to follow strict environmental guidelines put in place by the EPA when disposing and recycling old appliances.
This may be of great convenience to you when deciding to replace old appliances.
Can My Old Appliance Be Repaired?
Maybe the decision to replace that old rickety machine was an easy one to make.
Maybe you could not justify repairing the old appliance due to the cost for the repair plus the possibility of having to take time off of work to wait around for the repairman to show up only to tell you that the parts you need are not in stock.
This doesn’t mean that there is no hope for the old appliance. You can always look for a local charity that may be willing to pickup your appliances at no charge and take it away to repair and donate it to a needy family.
A lot of times your old appliances will have parts that can be repurposed and used to save another appliance that these organizations have around.
Depending on the organization that you use to pick up your old appliance, your donation can be used as a tax write-off.
There are terms put in place by the IRS so be sure that the organization is approved by the IRS.
Sometimes the decision to purchase a new appliance stems from a desire to upgrade to something newer and more energy efficient.
If your old appliance is still in good working order, it may be feasible to sell it.
Old appliances are in high demand because they are much less expensive and there are plenty of people who would prefer to purchase old rather than new because it is much more affordable.
There are many avenues to take to let the general public know that you are selling your old appliance.
You can place an ad in your local paper or resort to using online rummage sales to get the word out.
Undoubtedly, you will quickly find someone willing to purchase and even pick up your old appliance and take it off your hands for good.
Some scrap dealers will pick up your old appliances for the purpose of recycling or repurposing the appliances. They may charge a fee for the pickup.
If you want to go through the laborious act of taking your old appliances to a local scrap yard, there are a few things that you need to keep in mind.
Most scrap yards will pay for the metal components of your old appliances. If you are wanting to receive payment for your old scrap, you may want to contact your local scrap yard and learn about their terms for paying you.
Hauling your old appliances off to the local scrap yard in exchange for money is not a simple feat.
In order to receive the maximum payment offered in exchange for old appliances, you could be required to tear down and disassemble the old appliance.
You may also be required to separate the different metal components by type.
The return of investment for your time to all of this extra manual labor may not be feasible for you. Be sure to contact your local scrap yard and get educated on the requirements before making this decision.
Call Your Utility Company
If you have space to temporarily store your old appliance, the option to utilize your utility company to pick up your old appliances may be a way to go.
It is not unheard of for cities and townships to set a day to pick up large items that include appliances.
Most of the time, these days are set in the spring because most households are taking advantage of the final break from the cold weather to start the timely ritual of spring cleaning.
It is a common practice for most cities to set up predetermined dates to offer this service to their residents.
There may be a fee for this service, but the fee may outweigh the headache of hauling out your large appliances yourself.
While making the decision to replace your old appliances can sometimes be a hassle, deciding who will pick up old appliances does not have to be difficult.
Be mindful that some of these old appliances can be harmful to the environment if not handled properly.
There are plenty of companies that will gladly pick up old appliances for you.
Be sure to choose wisely and ensure that who you choose to pick up the old appliance will do so in a professional manner.
If you are unsure of the proper handling of old appliances, do your research. The EPA has guidelines in place for the handling disposal of large appliances.
If nothing else, at least keep in mind of the old adage of “one man’s junk is another man’s treasure” and simply donate your old appliance to a good cause.