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How to recycle old air conditioner

dinky68 620 257 July 26, 2016 at 12:45 PM
Hi,
I will be replacing my old air conditioner this week and plan to install it myself.
My question is: How does one recycle or get rid of the old one?
Last time I paid $100 just for installation and the same guy just took the old AC with him.

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Hi,
I will be replacing my old air conditioner this week and plan to install it myself.
My question is: How does one recycle or get rid of the old one?
Last time I paid $100 just for installation and the same guy just took the old AC with him.
Are we talking window A/C or a whole house unit?
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it's a wall master series A/C
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Legal method: Call local scrap yards until you find one that is licensed to drain the refrigerant. Give it to them. You can also check for other recyclers in your area. Your AC people might know where to turn them in. Energy Star has a bounty program in some areas, which your electric company might know about.

Expensive method: Call an HVAC/Furnace repair place to drain the lines. Who'll charge you $100 and give you a sticker so you can take the scrap to the yards that won't accept undrained air conditioners.

The method everyone actually does: "Accidentally" break a coil by "accidentally" hitting it with an "accidental" sharp object. Now that it's empty the scrap yards will take it. (Doing this "intentionally" is breaking the law with huge fines, but that's why you don't do it intentionally. It's an "accident" - just like Hillary's illegal email server - so the EPA will surely just shrug and recommend no charges. People sometimes just get careless with sharp objects around AC units, that's all.)

The lazy method: Craigslist it and forget it. Some shady looking individual with a rusted out F-150 and a bed filled with broken washing machines will take it no questions asked. Then he'll "accidentally" hit it with a sharp object.
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Legal method: Call local scrap yards until you find one that is licensed to drain the refrigerant. Give it to them. You can also check for other recyclers in your area. Your AC people might know where to turn them in. Energy Star has a bounty program in some areas, which your electric company might know about.

Expensive method: Call an HVAC/Furnace repair place to drain the lines. Who'll charge you $100 and give you a sticker so you can take the scrap to the yards that won't accept undrained air conditioners.

just like Hillary's illegal email server -

The lazy method: Craigslist it and forget it. Some shady looking individual with a rusted out F-150 and a bed filled with broken washing machines will take it no questions asked. Then he'll "accidentally" hit it with a sharp object.
It wasn't illegal. No law states they must use .gov accounts and servers.
They have rules they want you to follow. ie: any gov-business emails over personal email servers are to be sent to .gov account within 20 days.
These rules are not law.

That's why everyone wants Trump...a non politician

Lazy method: set it out to street and the junk guy will pick it up
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