If you’re replacing your fridge or range, chances are it’s either fun (yay, renovation!) or a hassle (boo, broken). In both cases, you’ll probably end up with the “What do I do with the old one?” conundrum.
1. Pay the store to take them.
When you buy a new appliance, you can usually pay the delivery guys a nominal fee — anywhere from $15 to $25 — to take away the old one for you. It might not be the cheapest, but at least it’s easy. Unfortunately, you can’t just pay the stores to haul off an old appliance without a new purchase.
2. Ask your town to take them.
See if your town, city, or county offers some kind of recycling program. Some municipalities provide pick-up for free or a fee.
3. Sell them for cash.
Appliances that are still in working order are totally worth money. Just post them on Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace and see if there are any takers!
Even appliances that don’t run are still potentially someone else’s treasure: Many can be stripped for parts. “Because large appliances contain recyclable materials such as metal, plastic, and glass, you may be able to sell them to a scrap metal company in your area,” Lepice says.
4. Give ’em away.
If that old fridge or range still runs but you either don’t get any buyers or are feeling altruistic, you may be able to donate a usable large appliance to a Habitat ReStore, Salvation Army, or other charitable organization — and get a tax deduction. Ask your local nonprofit if they accept large appliances and their specific criteria to accept the appliance.
5. Pay a junk hauler service.
If the above tips don’t work for you, there are plenty of commercial junk removal companies that’ll take anything away if you pay them — but be sure they’ll do it responsibly. If you’re looking for a professional service that will do the job right, UnderCut Junk Removal is a great company. They’re available 7 days a week. Call UnderCut today for an estimate.