Despite the rampant inflation, there are some investments that will still save you money in the long run and these include energy efficient appliances.
Of course, installing new appliances means disposing of old appliances and, for most of us, old appliance removal is no picnic. So, what's a homeowner to do?
Kitchen Upgrades: Out with the Old, In with the New
When you visit Grandma and spend some time in the kitchen (of course!) it's easy to think that old appliances must last for 20 or 30 years.
And, while some of the much older models did indeed have fairly long lifespans when taken care of, this isn't really the case for most large appliances. Despite conspiracy theories about brands and manufacturers engaging in "built-in obsolescence" the reality is that nothing really lasts for decades unless it's rarely used.
For example, according to an article from This Old House,
"Of the major appliances in a home, gas ranges have the longest life expectancy: 15 years. Dryers and refrigerators last about 13 years. Some of the appliances with the shortest lifespan are: compactors (6 years), dishwashers (9 years) and microwave ovens (9 years)."
And this graphic from an article at The Family Handyman illustrates these expected lifespans:
[Image courtesy of The Family Handyman]
All of which simply means that, if you've got major appliances still sitting in your kitchen after 10 years or so, it's probably time for some upgrades.
And this can be a truly beneficial investment as the newer models of your well-used appliances are far more energy efficient, packed with helpful features, and simply look great! In addition, it has become quite common for most appliances and other electronic household gadgets and devices to have "smart" features.
In many instances, too, your appliances can become integrated into your home's network and be an integral part of the IoT, or the Internet of Things.
Many of us are already familiar with smart devices. Some of us have appliances that we can talk to or at least program. But not everyone is familiar with this thing known as the IoT. The Internet of Things, or IoT, is a vast and rapidly growing technological phenomenon that we are all becoming a part of whether we realize it or not.
According to computer technology giant Oracle,
"The Internet of Things (IoT) describes the network of physical objects—“things”—that are embedded with sensors, software, and other technologies for the purpose of connecting and exchanging data with other devices and systems over the internet. These devices range from ordinary household objects to sophisticated industrial tools. With more than 7 billion connected IoT devices today, experts are expecting this number to grow to 10 billion by 2020 and 22 billion by 2025."
However, despite the exciting possibilities of new appliances and the benefits of replacing your old units, there is still the prospect of having to haul out those old pieces.
When Old Appliance Removal Becomes Your Responsibility
If you're lucky, your retailer for your new appliances will also provide free removal of your old appliances along with the delivery of all your new pieces. Other times there might be a small fee involved for removal services.
However, this doesn't always happen. And the removal and disposal of your old appliances falls on you to deal with.
And this is not a light task!
In fact, those trusty, old kitchen appliances that have sat proudly for so many years in your home are also giant blocks of steel and glass and, in some cases, outfitted with heavy motors.
According to a post from Little Upgrades,
"A standard oven range weighs 130-220 pounds on average. Wall-mounted ovens typically weigh 80-160 pounds. Big commercial ovens average up to 500 pounds. And small ovens, such as toaster ovens, weigh about 25 pounds."
And then there's the refrigerator.
How much does a refrigerator weigh? According to information from Prudent Reviews, a full-size residential refrigerator weighs between 100 and 400 pounds, with an average weight of 250 pounds.
As much as we would like to picture ourselves as some type of Marvel superhero, most of us are far from capable of hoisting a 200 pound slab of steel and glass onto the back of a pickup truck! Not to mention that not everyone has a truck.
And even if you get a truck and some (muscular) help for the hauling, it's still a major chore to move those old appliances out of your home, out onto the sidewalk, up onto a truck bed, and then drive them to... someplace.
In other words, even if you can manage all this, you still need to know where it's all going to go.
And the local landfill is really not the best option - and that's assuming your landfill will accept household appliances.
So, what's a homeowner to do?
Call In the Real Appliance Removal Superheroes: Junk King
While our junk removal teams don't wear capes or tights, they do have uniforms and are bonded, insured, and highly trained. In addition, these appliance removal heroes have all the equipment and large trucks to take on any junk removal challenge.
Although you might not think of removing and hauling your old appliances as something even close to "saving the world" the truth is that, at Junk King, we are helping to save the planet one junk load at a time.
We pioneered the concept of "green" junk removal and we routinely recycle and reuse 60 percent or more of everything we pick up from our customers everyday - including old appliances.
That's because items like kitchen and laundry room appliances are constructed primarily of metals such as steel, aluminum, and even copper. All these metals are highly recyclable, as is much of the glass, plastic, and other materials that are found in household appliances.
And, like any good superhero, our Junk King teams are reliable, friendly, and fast. Not only do we always show up on time when we say we will, but we always provide safe and efficient removal services.
We might not save the day, but we can definitely save you time, money, and do all the heavy lifting!
Junk King Makes Old Appliance Removal Fast and Easy
Almost no one looks forward to having to move large, bulky appliances. We get that.
We also understand that you don't want to be paying you more for appliance removal than you saved on your new purchases. But there is a risk in hiring some local guy with a truck who may or may not dispose of your junk and appliances properly.
Which is why you can't go wrong with Junk King!
We will always provide you with an efficient, safe, affordable, and eco-friendly junk removal and hauling service so you don’t need to dispose of your old appliance or extra-large trash items yourself.
And if you need our services several times because you're also carrying out a major renovation or remodeling project, our hauling professionals will ensure that all your large junk and construction debris is out of your way so that you can focus on the work.
And we'll show up at your house or property right on time, as promised, so call us today.
Our expert team is fully insured and well-trained, so you can trust them to get rid of all your unwanted items in a professional and courteous fashion. And, best of all, we'll do all the heavy lifting!
So, are you ready to book some expert appliance removal? It's as easy as 1, 2, 3.
And one of the best things about hiring Junk King is that we recycle much of the material we pick-up. This is proof of our commitment to being an eco-friendly removal service.
If you have questions about what we can do for you, give us a call at 1-888-888-JUNK (5865).