So, you bought a new washer! Maybe it was for an upgrade or just a replacement. But now you have a new “To-Do List” item: Haul away washer.
On paper it might sound pretty simple. But once you think about how much that appliance weighs and how hard it is to maneuver through the house, you realize this is not a simple task.
Washing machines rank right up there with refrigerators and gas ranges for being the heaviest appliances in a typical household.
In fact, an average washing machine can weigh as much as 200 pounds empty. And they are quite bulky, as well, being over two feet wide in both directions and almost four feet tall. This is far larger than most people can manage easily, if at all.
And what about refrigerators? These behemoths seem to get larger and heavier every year as new models come out with more space and added features. In fact, it’s estimated that modern residential refrigerators now weigh almost 300 pounds. These appliances, along with washers and kitchen stoves represent major removal and disposal challenges for homeowners, renters or property managers.
The Best Options to Haul Away Washers and Other Appliances
If your unwanted washer or other appliances are in working condition, there are a few viable methods for hauling them away. However, keep in mind that hauling and removing them is simply the first step for properly disposing of appliances.
In fact, proper appliance disposal is a multi-step process.
If you can get the old machine out of your house or apartment (or workplace) without tearing up the walls or doorways, you still have to get it somewhere. And this is often as challenging as removing it in the first place.
As we’ve noted previously in a few other blog posts, there are a variety of places you can sell your old appliance if it’s still in good working condition. In addition, you can consider simply giving it to a family member, friend or even a neighbor who is need of a usable appliance.
In fact, giving away working appliances can often be the easiest and quickest method for disposing of them. There are, however, a few considerations to keep in mind if you are thinking of donating these valuable items. You want to make sure that the appliance is indeed in good condition, that all components are working and safe, and that the unit is clean and free of any major damage.
If you decide to try and sell your old washer or some other appliance, you do have a few options for that.
The “old school” approach of putting your unwanted appliance in a yard sale and garage sale is still a great way to find a buyer and make some money from it. Just keep in mind that yard sale buyers are looking for deals and “rock bottom” prices. You are not likely to make much money, but the transaction can be quick and easy.
Selling your old appliances online is the more modern alternative to yard sales now. In addition to Craigslist, eBay and Facebook Marketplace, there are a number of sites designed for these types of items. These include sites like Letgo and OfferUp. Many people find that other sites like Nextdoor.com can also provide a convenient venue for finding buyers.
Thinking Strategically About Appliance Disposal and Recycling
More often than not, you can’t get rid of an unwanted washer or old refrigerator, for example, by putting it in a garage sale or online site. Why not? Because the appliance no longer works. If you have a washer that has spun it’s last load and is beyond a reasonable repair, you still have to find a way to dispose of it.
The good news is that you can still find a new “life” for you old, no-longer-working appliance!
Most household appliances are made primarily of metal and almost all of this metal - mostly steel - is recyclable. In addition to the metals, there are a variety of other components that can also be recycled or reused.
Some appliances do require additional attention, especially those like refrigerators and air conditioning units that might contain Freon. In fact, there are a number of considerations when it comes to proper appliance disposal and recycling.
To provide a handy overview of this, we’ve created this infographic.
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Because of the high recycling value of your old appliances, it only makes sense to dispose of them in a manner that will guarantee that they are recycled and reused as efficiently as possible.
While you can always handle this job yourself, should you choose to, it can be far easier and safer to have someone else take care of it for you.
Ultimately, the most convenient way to get rid of your old, non-working (or even working) appliance is to have someone else come and take it away for you.
Ready to Dispose and Recycle Your Old Washer or Other Appliances?
Now that you know how easy it can be to dispose of your old appliances and have them recycled. It’s time to make the call!
At Junk King, we provide efficient, safe, and eco-friendly old appliance removal service. And with Junk King you don’t have to worry about the pickup or disposal of your non-working appliances since we do it all for you. And because our priority is preserving the environment, we will make sure that your old washer, refrigerator or stove ends up in the right place, whether that’s a local charity, or a recycling facility.
Best of all, scheduling your old appliance pick-up is as simple as 1, 2, 3. So, contact us for all your old appliance disposal needs.
You can make an appointment by booking online or by calling 1.888.888.JUNK (5865). Our professional and insured appliance removal team will show up at your home and we call 15 minutes before we arrive on site.
Once there, we’ll give you a free estimate based on how much room your appliances take up in our truck. You point and we haul those items into our junk removal trucks, with no hidden fees.