While routine care and professional maintenance can help prolong the life of your HVAC unit, a time comes when you have to invest in a new one. So can you just throw your old unit in the trash? No, you can’t. It contains chemical refrigerant that’s harmful to the environment. Fortunately, you can use one of the following HVAC disposal options to get rid of your old unit responsibly.
Dedicated Recycling Facility
Some specialized recycling facilities recycle large pieces of equipment and appliances like HVAC units, generators, and cooling towers. Some of these companies can arrange pickups for the recyclables while others will want you to deliver the items to their location. Policies regarding fees also differ from one facility to the next. You can call nearby recycling facilities to find out their policies.
Occasionally, utility companies offer bounty programs to ensure safe HVAC disposal. They buy back old appliances that meet specific qualifications, such as size and working condition. If your unit meets the stipulations of the bounty program, you can go ahead and discuss drop-off or pick-up options with a company representative. Contact your local utility provider and ask about the available bounty or rebate programs.
You can dispose of your old HVAC unit in a landfill. You’ll need to find out the available recycling options and requirements with the local hazardous waste disposal service or public works branch of the local government. These organizations usually remove the environmentally harmful chemical refrigerants and then recover the recyclable materials. The non-recyclable items are then disposed of in the landfill.
Resell or Donate
If your unit is safe and functional, you can resell or donate it to a friend, thrift store, or charitable organization.
With all the options you have, there’s no reason for you not to dispose of your HVAC unit responsibly and avoid harming the environment. For more information on HVAC disposal, installation, or maintenance, please contact us at Powers Heating & Air. Homeowners in Peachtree City and the surrounding area have counted on us to satisfy all their HVAC needs since 2001.