The day finally came. Your trusty old washing machine finally died. You got a new one and it’s great, but you still have an appliance removal problem.
After the excitement of choosing and buying a new “smart” washing machine that you can run from an app on your phone wears off, appliance removal still has to be done. And that’s really not so exciting.
Removing Appliances Is Not a DIY Task
Oh, sure - you might manage an old microwave or even a mini-fridge by yourself. But even those appliances can be awkward to handle, heavy and hard to hold onto. The harsh reality is that most household appliances that don’t sit on a kitchen counter are too large for one person to haul away.
Take that old washing machine, for example. According to RecycleUSAInc,
“Washing machine weight depends on the manufacturer, washing capacity and whether it is a top-load or front-load model. Large-capacity, front-load washers vary in weight from 155 to 230 pounds, while medium-capacity, front-load machines average 180 pounds. Small-capacity front-loaders weigh in at 145 to 150 pounds.”
And we don’t even want to talk about refrigerators! Actually, let’s do look at those monster appliances for a moment. The folks at BestKitchenGuides.com say that,
“The most common refrigerators range from 200 to 450 pounds but the average is weight is under 300 pounds. A small and compact fridge would range from 75 to 200 pounds and medium refrigerators can be from 300 pounds.”
Let’s say you’ve got one of those massive, double-wide beauties with the freezer drawer in the bottom. At 450 pounds that’s an almost quarter ton appliance. Removing something that size almost makes one think of a joke that starts something like this: “How many people does it take…”
The bottom line here is that when it’s time to remove your old appliance, you’ll need some help!
Appliance Removal Logistics
If you decide to tackle your appliance removal job yourself, there are a few logistical considerations to keep in mind to keep both you and your house safe and unscathed.
Equipment You Should Have
- An appliance dolly or hand truck
- Furniture straps
- Furniture pads (for covering corners)
- Gliders or sliding pads
- Work gloves
- Large cardboard or thick drop cloths
Your dolly or hand truck is an absolute essential, as are the furniture straps. Don’t even think of trying to simply pick up a two or three hundred pound machine and carry it out of the house. Even though you and your buff friend may be capable, the chances of damaging corners, doorways and your own knuckles and shins are quite high.
And even if you do manage to pull this off without banging up your house, your appliance or yourselves, there is still the risk of hurting your back. And this might not reveal itself until long after the job is done.
The pads are handy for cushioning the corners of your appliance to reduce possible damage to walls and door jams. And the gliders, or sliding pads, are useful if you’re moving an appliance in rooms with wood, parque or tile floors. Sliding a big machine when possible is often easier than guiding a dolly the whole way.
When you have to get the appliance through doorways or around tight corners, you may have to sit it down on the floor. That’s where the cardboard or canvas drop cloths come into play. And, finally, it’s always a good idea to have some snug fitting and flexible work gloves. These will protect your hands and fingers from sharp edges, tight fits through doorways, and dirty appliances.
Make sure you have plenty of help. If two people are safely sufficient that’s great since more bodies can make it hard to get through hallways and doorways, or around landings on stairs. But you also want to make sure you have enough people to safely heft the appliance for the entire trip out of the house and onto your truck.
For many people, this may seem to be a “no brainer” - you are probably not going to get your old washing machine or dryer into the back of your Prius.
Having proper transportation for hauling your old appliance to its final destination is critical. If you have a truck or a flatbed trailer of some kind, then you’re set. While station wagons and minivans can also be used, the low ceilings can be a problem.
You may have to rent a truck, which will typically involve both the rental fee and insurance, along with mileage fees after a certain mile limit. Oh - and don’t forget the cost for fuel. This could be substantial, as well, if you have to drive a ways to dispose of your old appliance.
The next hard part is getting the appliance from the ground and into the back of the truck or onto the trailer. Again, don’t attempt to do this alone. And don’t forget that you’ll need the same help once you get to the landfill, recycling facility or scrap dealer.
A cost-effective and highly efficient option to the above scenarios, by the way, is to simply hire a professional appliance removal company to do all of this for you.
Seriously, Why DIY When Someone Else Can Do it?
Of course, the easiest way to get rid of your old appliance is to have someone else come and take it away for you. But it’s unlikely any of your friends or family members are going to rush over to your place with a truck and tools, eager to man-handle a dead washing machine.
So call the professionals!
Junk King provides an efficient, safe, and eco-friendly old appliance removal service. With Junk King you don’t have to worry about the pickup or disposal of your old appliances. And because our priority is preserving the environment, we will make sure that they end up in the right place - whether that’s a local charity, or a recycling facility. So contact us for all your appliance removal needs.
Scheduling your appliance removal is as simple as 1, 2, 3.
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.