HVAC Disposal the Eco-Friendly Way

HVAC Disposal the Eco-Friendly Way

Proper HVAC disposal when a unit is being replaced is the last step in the process of upgrading to a more efficient and effective HVAC system. But it’s not as simple as just placing the old units in a nearby dumpster or leaving them out at the street for city pick-up. Because of the variety of components involved, many parts of the system can be and should be recycled at an appropriate facility.

Not to worry: Any qualified professional HVAC contractor who installs your new system is well-informed about proper HVAC disposal methods and will handle the details for you. For your own information, however, and to make certain it’s done correctly, here are some of the particulars:

What’s Recyclable?

Many of the components that make up a central air conditioner and furnace system can be recycled. However, the parts will usually need to be delivered to specific designated recycling centers or have special pick-up arranged.  These include:

  • Evaporator coil and condenser coil from central A/C.
  • Air conditioner compressor.
  • Blower fan.
  • Outdoor condenser fan and motor
  • Copper A/C refrigerant tubes.
  • Gas-fired furnace components such as burners, heat exchanger and metal cabinet.
  • Miscellaneous electrical components including copper wiring.
  • Cardboard boxes used to ship the new system.

What’s Restricted?

Air conditioners contain refrigerant that circulates between the evaporator coil and condenser coil. It is a known environmental hazard and its use is restricted by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations. Before a used air conditioner is dismantled, the refrigerant charge must be removed by licensed HVAC technicians. The process involves vacuuming the refrigerant out of the system and storing it in a sealed tank. Then, the HVAC contractor must deliver the used refrigerant to an authorized refrigerant reclamation facility.

When you upgrade to a new system, Paitson Bros. professionals will take care of HVAC disposal, including recycling old components and handling refrigerant in compliance with EPA regulations. Since 1922, we’ve been the Wabash Valley source for quality HVAC sales and service.

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