A high-quality refrigerator can last ten years or more, which means many people rarely have to get rid of more than a few during their lifetimes. While many broken things can be set out by the curb, refrigerators pose a problem for disposal due to their size and complicated components. Once you’ve determined your refrigerator is beyond repair and unsaleable, you can take these steps to dispose of it quickly and within legal guidelines.
Old refrigerators have a tendency to hang around for far longer than necessary because people often move them to out-of-the-way areas and simply forget about them. Procrastination not only creates an eyesore but also poses a serious safety hazard. Broken refrigerators and freezers are dangerous, especially because children may try to hide in them and get stuck. To avoid having to put a lock on an outdated refrigerator, arrange to have it hauled away as soon as possible by a professional Dallas refrigerator recycling and disposal company.
Clean Out the Refrigerator
If the refrigerator has just stopped working, you need to take everything out. Keep in mind you don’t have to scour the inside of a refrigerator that’s just destined for the junk truck. Instead, just do a quick check to make sure nothing is left behind that could cause a health hazard, such as mold growth, until the removal specialists haul it away.
Understand Freon Regulations
Refrigerator disposals are regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency due to the risks of allowing freon to enter the waste stream. For this reason, you need to be cautious about how you get rid of your fridge. When you arrange for refrigerator removal, ask about how the freon will be handled. While some services require you to have someone remove the freon, others take on this responsibility as part of their service. Knowing which one you’re dealing with helps you comply with the law.
Use Caution if Moving the Refrigerator Yourself
A junk refrigerator takes up a lot of space, which is exactly why you’re getting rid of it. However, you need to remember refrigerators are large and quite heavy, which makes them unwieldy to try to move yourself. If you need to move the refrigerator outdoors, make sure to use a dolly and work with at least one other person who has experience with moving heavy appliances.
Schedule Professional Removal
In most cases, refrigerators don’t qualify for regular residential trash pickup service. Instead, you need to arrange for a qualified Dallas, TX, junk removal company to pick it up from your house. When you schedule the pickup, make sure to check around the house to see if there’s anything else that’s taking up space and needs to be hauled away. Having the crew come out and get everything at once saves time and natural resources so everyone benefits from the arrangement.
If you have an old refrigerator, freezer, or any other type of appliance you need to get rid of, don’t try to do it yourself. Call on the experienced junk removal pros at Junk Guru. We’ll haul away your items quickly and dispose of them responsibly—even recycling when possible. We’re available 24/7, so give us a call today at 972-408-8348.