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What Should You Do with a Broken Fridge?

by Christoffer H. Danielsen

Even though fridges are generally more durable than other house appliances with their average lifespan of around 10 years, there comes a moment when they also stop working. If that’s what happened in your case, you’re probably looking for the best way to dispose your old fridge. You need to remember that you cannot just throw such items away. They’re considered to be hazardous and need to be recycled properly.



House appliances contain not only metals but also many materials that pose a health risk if not handled correctly. That’s why the recycling process of such items must comply with specific regulations to keep everyone involved safe. Not all parts of a refrigerator can be recycled. The first step is to remove the refrigerant, which will most likely have to be incinerated in high temperature to avoid emitting any harmful gases. Though in certain situations it can be reused after cleaning and recharging. Other metal and plastic parts can be taken apart and processed.

How to dispose of a fridge?

What to do with a broken fridge

In many cases, the company delivering you your new fridge will offer to take the old one to a recycling company. Or maybe they take care of the recycling process themselves. It’s a useful option, as it may be difficult for you to transport such a bulky item on your own. Another solution is to contact your local scrap yard and arrange for a junk removal company to come and pick it up.

Can your old fridge be reused?

Broken fridge

If your fridge is still working, but you don’t have any use of it anymore, you can try to find people interested in buying it. But even if it’s not functioning properly, you can still have an option of selling it. There are companies that specialise in fixing old house appliances and offering them for sale on the secondary market. It may be worth a try to check whether there is such a company in your area.

House appliances like fridges can be very harmful to the environment if they are not disposed in the right way. Luckily, nowadays we have more and more opportunities to recycle different items.


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