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Don't Dump It: Effective Ways For Getting Rid Of Your Old Air Conditioner

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You've scheduled the installation of a new air conditioner. Now you need to figure out what to do with the old one. If you've decided to haul it off to the local landfill, rethink that decision. Unloading your old air conditioner at the dump isn't the best option. There are many ways you can get rid of your old air conditioner that don't involve local landfills. Here are four of the options that are available to you.


If you recycle common products around your house, such as aluminum cans and plastic bottles, think bigger. The same method you use to end that type of waste can be used for your old air conditioner. Many local recycling centers use the components in air conditioners. This is particularly true of the metal and copper parts. You might not realize this but there's plenty of copper wire inside old air conditioners. In some cases, your old air conditioner can even be refurbished to use in other homes. You may even get some cash in the process.


If you don't have a recycling center near you, take your old air conditioner to a salvage yard. Salvage yards will also break down your air conditioner into usable parts. Salvaging ensures that your old air conditioner doesn't end up at a local landfill. In some cases, salvage yards will come to your home to pick up your air conditioner.


If you want to make sure that your old air conditioner is put to good use, donate it to a local charity. There are many organizations that will take items that they can turn into cash. These funds are used to provide much-needed services throughout the community. There are also charities that provide housing for low-income families. When you donate to these charities, your old air conditioner can be used to cool down a home for a deserving family.


Finally, if your old air conditioner is still in good working order, sell it to a private party. You can make some much-needed cash by running an ad for your air conditioner. Best of all, most purchasers will come to your home to haul away your air conditioner. That means you won't need to do any of the heavy lifting.

Don't take your old air conditioner to the local landfill. Consider using one of the methods provided above and reaping some extra benefits from your old AC.

To learn more about air conditioner recycling, contact a recycling company in your area.