How to Dispose of an Old Refrigerator

Quit Holding Onto that Old Broken Down Fridge in Your Garage

Storing an old refrigerator represents a conundrum. It's too big to toss out, too heavy to move around, and it simply sucks having it take up all that space. It elicits a shoulder shrug followed by a deep sigh, and a “What am I going to do with that?” every time you look at it. Getting rid of that old piece of junk will really make your life better.

Cost of keeping your old fridge

One solution to your problem might be to keep it around as a spare, but you’ll only be creating new resentment. Think about it before you decide to keep an old fridge as a spare or as a beer fridge. Older model refrigerators are not energy efficient and will inflate your energy bill. The A/C costs enough, be sure before you plug in another energy drainer. If you don’t desperately need the extra fridge space, it's probably not worth it.

Disposing of a Fridge for Free Yourself

If it's broken down you obviously want to get rid of it, but disposing of a fridge is no simple task. Trying to haul it away on your own requires tools and manpower you may not have. And even if you find friends gullible enough to help you load it up and haul it off, once you get to the dump you’ll be in for a nasty surprise. They won’t accept it. Then you’ll have to do the process again, in reverse order.

Since 1990, it has been illegal to dispose of a refrigerator unless you have proof the dangerous chemicals have been properly removed.

Refrigerators contain freon and other dangerous chemicals. These chemicals are really bad for our environment, so bad they made laws regulating how to dispose of them. Since 1990, it has been illegal to dispose of a refrigerator unless you have proof the dangerous chemicals have been properly removed. You’ll have to provide an EPA form detailing how the harmful chemicals were removed before the dump employee will take it. No matter what you do, remember, these chemicals are hazardous, don’t try to remove them on your own without proper experiance. Contact a qualified technician from a local HVAC company.

Reclaiming freon with an extraction kit.

We know proper fridge disposal sounds daunting, that’s because it is. Who wants to deal with the inconvenience of getting rid of that old crap on their own? It's simply too much hassle. But this is one big problem that actually has a very easy solution. If you live in the Phoenix Metro area, call us, AZ Junk Removal. If you live outside of Arizona, search for a local hauling company but Googling "junk removal company near me".



Don’t let that old fridge get you down. Call AZ Junk. It's that easy. You don’t even have to haul it to the curb, we can pick it up anywhere. We know all the rules and regulations, we have qualified and trained technicians to handle the hazardous chemicals. We have the trucks and the manpower to take care of it. We also know a lot of great places to donate and recycle that old fridge.

Call AZ Junk because life is better without junk.


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