[This post originally appeared here in April 2018. It has been expanded upon, revised, and updated to reflect more recent information.]
Now that spring is almost here many folks will be looking to replace some old appliances. And one of the most difficult jobs is washer and dryer removal.
With some items that represent large expenditures, it can make sense to replace them with used items. But household appliances, such as washers and dryers, have gotten more efficient with each year. So, new can often be better. But what about the old units?
When It's Time to Get Rid of the Old Washer and Dryer
Many people hesitate to replace appliances that are working just fine and still do the job they were built to do. And, while certainly understandable, this view can be a bit shortsighted when it comes to the newest generation of household appliances.
Although the smart features and high tech electronics are impressive and can even make using these machines far easier than ever before, there's further advantages with the newer machines.
For example, your old washer and dryer likely uses large amounts of energy and water. With the rising costs of energy - both electric and gas - and even the increased rates for water usage in many communities, this can begin to add up over time.
And, over time, these older machines can start making a great deal of disconcerting noise - or even simply stop working as well as they used to.
Which can mean it's a good time for an upgrade.
So, when is it really time to upgrade to a new washing machine and dryer?
Keep in mind that most household appliances are only built for lifespans of somewhere between 8 to 10 years or so, except for those nifty gas ranges that can keep on burning for 15 years or more.
However, even if it's only been, say, five or six years along, if you have some of these problems it's probably time to start shopping:
- Noisy, humming, rattling washing machines.
- Excessive water consumption and ineffective in cleaning your clothes.
- Dryer takes too long to dry.
- Water leaking or not draining.
- Years of age, outdated energy efficiency.
- Expensive repairs (often the case with old top-loader machines).
Of course, if your machine is experiencing most or all of these issues then it is quite likely that you are going to be looking for a new machine sooner than later anyway!
So, what should you do?
Upgrading Your Washing Machine and Dryer
You might be thinking that the best time to upgrade or replace your appliances is after they've stopped working completely. However, this is not an event you can plan for efficiently nor predict. And it is quite possible that you might not be able to secure a replacement appliance the same day.
While it certainly isn't a domestic disaster of epic proportions, going without a washer or dryer - or both - for more than a day or two can be highly inconvenient.
So, really, the bottom line is that if your washer or dryer has become inefficient, noisy, leaky, or is always in need of repairs, it’s time to upgrade - and sooner than later. The good news is that new technology provides greater energy and water efficiency, as well as much better cleaning and drying performance.
In addition to imported performance and efficiency, there are now many smart features in new washing machines and dryers.
For example, some new front loading washing machines have a smaller, second washing machine built into the pedestal at the bottom. This design feature allows for two separate loads to run at the same time. The top machine manages a full load while the lower machine can be used for small loads that need special attention or treatment.
In addition, there are top-loading washing machines with built-in sinks under the lid for hand washing or pre-treating. A jet directs water into the sink fitted with ribbed sides for hand scrubbing. The used water can then be poured into the washer's main tub when done.
Smart technology also means that washers can now be compatible with smart thermostats and even be controlled and monitored using a mobile app.
There are onboard systems that can switch the washer to a quiet mode when you are home, or turn it on only during low-cost, off-peak energy hours.
Finding a Good Old Appliance Removal Solution
Unfortunately, once you buy a new washer and dryer, you still have to get rid of your old ones. And not every appliance dealer will take you old machines.
So the problem for many homeowners is how to quickly and easily get rid of their old machines.
As we've noted in other articles here, one option for getting rid of working and usable machines is to try selling them online or in a yard sale. This can net you some cash while providing a means for having someone else haul away your old appliances.
While you won't make much money, you only have to move the machine from your house (or garage) out to your driveway if you're having a yard sale or garage sale. And, if you are simply listing your appliances online with a shopping site like Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist, you just have to provide clear, well-lit photos.
However, it's very possible that they won't sell right away. Or it may be that you don't want to take the time and effort to sell your machines. So, what are your other options?
Donating your washer or dryer (or both!) if they're still in good working condition can be a great way to not only offload your unwanted appliances but provide a much-needed washer or dryer to someone less fortunate.
Of course, if your machine, or machines, stopped working long before, then selling or donating is pretty much out of the question.
There is, however, another disposal option that might still net you a little cash although you may have to transport your appliance yourself. Many communities have scrap metal dealers and others who specialize in acquiring and refurbishing old appliances.
But if you are required to haul the unit yourself that means having access to a truck, an appliance dolly, and the means to secure the load.
Not to mention possibly having to unload it, as well.
So, what can you do if you don't want to sell it, donate it, or haul it yourself?
A Simple and Green Appliance Removal Solution Near You
A simple solution is to hire a junk removal service.
By using an eco-friendly junk removal service to repurpose your old appliance you don’t have to worry about the environmental impact of disposing of your old machines. And, of course, those working appliances are much appreciated by donation center and charities.
A good junk removal service will take care of that.
However, there are times when appliance recycling makes more sense than donation, especially if the equipment is inefficient and close to breaking down. a good junk removal service will take care of that, too!
With the right appliance removal company you can be assured that your old washing machine and dryer will be disassembled and recycled because the right junk removal service will make sure your old appliances are recycled for the scrap metal and other materials.
Moving and lifting a washer or dryer is hard work and requires a vehicle that can handle the load safely. A standard dryer can weigh close to 125 pounds while a front-loading washing machine can get up to as much as 205 pounds!
This is a good reason not to pursue a DIY appliance removal option.
Of course, even if you did manage to move, lift, and load your old machines into a truck - providing you had access to one - you still need to know where to take them.
And this is just one more good reason to hire a junk removal firm.
The good news is that Junk King's teams are well trained for these tasks and they also have the right equipment to do it quickly and efficiently.
The bottom line? The easiest solution for washer and dryer removal is to call Junk King!
Junk King: Your Local Eco-Friendly Appliance Disposal Option
We know that getting your old appliances out of your home and responsibly disposed of can be a difficult chore.
Fortunately, Junk King's local junk removal service can provide you with a simple solution for the disposal and recycling of your old washing machine or dryer. And, when you use our junk removal services, you will always receive the friendliest service from America’s greenest junk haulers.
The greenest junk removal service is just a click or phone call away. Junk King is rated #1 in customer service in North America and we’re proud to be the most environmentally friendly appliance disposal service around.
We operate many biodiesel trucks in our fleets, and our teams know where to recycle or donate washing machines and dryers in your area.
Consider it a “win-win” situation — upgrade to a more energy efficient appliance, and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with responsible appliance recycling thanks to Junk King.
Schedule an appointment today for fast, friendly, and affordable junk removal. We take care of washing machine and dryer disposal as well as other appliances, electronics, trash, and debris you have sitting around.
So, are you ready for a simple washer and dryer removal solution? It's as easy as 1,2,3.
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