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April 2013

A Guide To Selling An Old Refrigerator As Scrap Metal

Every single piece of metal has some worth, even those old and broken down appliances that you have lying around your garage or shed. If you have an old refrigerator that you have wanted to get rid of, the following instructions can help you to prepare the appliance to be sold as scrap metal, allowing you to make some sort of profit.

Step 1: Call around your local scrap dealers to find one who will accept a fridge that still contains Freon. This is a chemical that is known to damage the ozone layer and should only be removed by a professional who has been trained to do so as safely as possible.

Step 2: If the shelves inside your refrigerator are aluminium, make sure you remove them. If the rails that supported these shelves are also aluminium, you should remove them, too.

Step 3: Using a pair of wire cutters, remove all of the wires from the back of the fridge. Even these seemingly small objects can be sold as scrap metal. Using a magnet, determine which components are not metal and remove them with pliers, screwdrivers and wrenches.

Step 4: Using a chainsaw, cut the refrigerator up into more manageable pieces so that you can transport it easily. Make sure that you’re wearing goggles and gloves to protect yourself.

If possible, contact the dealer and arrange to have them come and pick up the fridge for you. This will negate the need to cut it up with a chainsaw and you may not even have to pay for this to happen.

Step 5: If you cannot load the fridge into a trailer, borrow a truck or van that is large enough to accommodate it. When you reach the scrap dealer, they will weigh up each of the different metals that the appliance is made up of and will pay you based on their current worth.

Fortunately, getting rid of your old refrigerator is made extremely easy when you consider that it can be sold as scrap metal. Just make sure that you have properly prepared the appliance for sale by removing all non-metal parts and you will be ready to go. Whatever profit you manage to make could go towards your brand new refrigerator!