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Frequently Asked Questions: Refrigerators
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Table of Contents
- 1-800-GOT-JUNK? FAQs
- Refrigerator FAQs
- Can you recycle a refrigerator?
- How do I properly dispose of my refrigerator?
- Why should refrigerators be recycled?
- How do I get my old fridge ready for disposal?
- How do I know when I need to toss out my new fridge?
- How do I recycle my old fridge?
- Why should I recycle my old refrigerator?
- What do I look for when buying a new fridge?
- Refrigerator FAQs
Can you recycle a refrigerator?
You sure can! Most refrigerators and freezers can be recycled. The process is a bit complex though, so it’s important that it is handled in the proper way. Most refrigerators and freezers contain oils and chemical refrigerants that need to be carefully removed and properly disposed of according to federal law. Once this process is complete the fridge can be broken down into parts for recycling.
Because these chemicals can cause damage to the environment, it’s important that your old refrigerator is taken to the proper facility. If you want to be sure it is properly disposed of, let 1-800-GOT-JUNK? take care of your fridge disposal for you. We’ll do all the heavy lifting—all you have to do is point.
How do I properly dispose of my refrigerator?
Making sure your refrigerator is properly disposed of is a bit of a process that requires much more effort than simply leaving it on the curb with the rest of your household garbage.]
Most refrigerators and freezers made before 1995 contain greenhouse gases and therefore need to be disposed of in a certain way. These gases can be very damaging to the environment, which makes it especially important to handle these items with care. Since most fridges contain toxic gases, you’ll want to make sure your fridge is taken to a facility that is equipped to handle this kind of disposal.
If you want to avoid taking care of it on your own, let 1-800-GOT-JUNK? get rid of your old refrigerator for you. They’ll pick up your old refrigerator right from where it is and load it into the truck—you won’t have to lift a finger. Then they’ll make sure it gets taken to the proper facility for recycling.
Why should refrigerators be recycled?
Taking steps to properly dispose of your old refrigerator is important because it contains harmful chemicals that can damage the environment.
As major appliances, refrigerators and freezers are made with many electrical and chemical components. Ever wonder how they stay cold all the time? They use a refrigerant called freon to keep temperatures at an acceptable level. As important as this is when the fridge is in your home, it can be equally vital to consider when you’re ready to dispose of it.
Models built before 1990 usually contain an earlier version of freon called R-12 which is exceptionally toxic and depletes the ozone layer. Nowadays, freon (also known as tetrafluoroethane) does not contain ozone-depleting substances (ODS) and modern day fridges are significantly more energy efficient than the older models. But all of those chemicals are also potent greenhouse gases (GHGs) that have been shown to contribute to climate change when emitted into the atmosphere.
With refrigerator recycling, these harmful chemicals get properly disposed of and any reusable materials such as metal, plastic, and glass also get recycled. When you call 1-800-GOT-JUNK? to handle your refrigerator removal, you can feel good about helping the environment while also saving yourself the time and effort required when you handle it on your own.
How do I get my old fridge ready for disposal?
First, you need to unplug the fridge and give it a few hours for the evaporator to defrost. Make sure you remove all foods and perishable goods. You might want to tape any loose items such as shelves and compartments. If you don’t feel like doing the heavy lifting (and yes, it takes more than one person to get the job done!) call 1-800-GOT-JUNK? and let us do the work for you. Just point and your old refrigerator disappears!
How do I know when I need to toss out my new fridge?
Warm food is an obvious sign that your fridge has stopped working. You can also check the compressor behind your fridge and listen for the motor sound. If the motor runs, but the temperature inside the fridge hasn’t cooled down at all, then the compressor might be broken. If you see a large amount of frost buildup, the coils might be broken. If this sounds like your fridge, it is best that you replace it immediately. To save you the hassle of hauling your old fridge out of your house, our friendly and efficient crew is in your neighborhood to help! To get your free no-obligation onsite estimate, just give us a call or book online!
How do I recycle my old fridge?
Your appliance retailer might offer a special program where you are able to recycle our old fridge or freezer when you purchase a new one and even offer you cash rebates. You can also check with your city if they offer municipal pick-up or talk to a local scrap metal recycler to check if they take your fridge. All of these options still require you to do the heavy lifting and drag it out to your curb before the pickup date. If you don’t want to deal with a potential injury, then call 1-800-GOT-JUNK?. You don’t have to worry about moving it to the curb—we’ll remove your refrigerator right from where it’s located and load it into our truck. Just point and your old fridge will disappear!
Why should I recycle my old refrigerator?
Old fridges contain all sorts of refrigerants and toxic oils. The steel and metal components should also be recycled and reused. Even the foam insulation inside of your old fridge can be recycled to help reduce environmental waste! Did you know that fridges that are more than 10 years old could have up to 120 pounds of recyclable steel inside? If an old fridge is left in a landfill, the chemical components could leak and damage the soil and groundwater. Many of the other components don’t decompose like regular garbage does, and will remain for decades. When it’s time to replace your fridge, consider calling 1-800-GOT-JUNK? To get it out of your way. We’ll do all the work—all you have to do is point!
What do I look for when buying a new fridge?
That depends on the type of space you have and what kinds of extra features you need. Some fridges are compact sized, which are suitable for smaller homes. Some have multiple compartments that are meant for a bigger kitchen. You can also choose the type of finish you’d like, as fridges these days have all kinds of designs. Some even have built-in screens! Once you’ve set up your new fridge, feel free to call us to help haul away your old fridge.