Safely get rid of your worn out heating or air conditioning system
How to properly dispose an old air conditioning unit. (Photo Credits)
Like any home appliance, HVAC Units also have a lifespan. It gets worn-out with being used day in and day out so there really would come a time when it has to be replaced, and disposed of. Plumbing Association of San Diego
But how should a property owner safely deal with disposing an old HVAC Unit?
The United States Environmental Protection Agency has a published guideline o9utlining how a unit should be disposed of. It basically says that disposal should be left to the professionals.
"Whether you are on the job at a construction/demolition site or at a demolition scrapyard or recycling facility, you are likely to encounter refrigeration and air-conditioning (AC) equipment. Refrigeration/AC equipment has historically used refrigerants and/or insulating foam, such as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), which deplete the stratospheric ozone layer and contribute to global climate change."
Download the guidelines here.
Recycle, recycle, recycle
Sustainablog.com meanwhile shed light on the possible scenarios once a household decides to get rid of their worn out HVAC equipment. A/C And HVAC
"Often, recycling companies will voluntarily retrieve the HVAC unit from your house, and deliver it to an drop-off location. If you choose this option, ensure the recycling vehicle can accommodate large appliances — like cooling towers, chillers or generators — and expel them through environmentally responsibly channels."
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The Spruce meantime shared the many ways to dispose of old air conditioning units. One way, according to them is to ask the supplier of the new HVAC System, if they could dispose the HVAC for replacement.
"When buying a replacement air conditioner, check with the retailer to see if they'll take and dispose of your old model for you. Some merchants may provide this service as part of the sale; others may reduce the cost of your appliance in exchange for a trade-in."
Read the rest of the ways to dispose an HVAC here.
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