If you own a house in a relatively hot area, it is highly likely that you may have an air conditioning unit to help you stay relaxed and comfortable at home. 

Just like any other item, air conditioners also get worn out and eventually stop working. When this happens, most people take them off the wall and throw them in the garage for them to rot. Most of these people do this because they have no idea of how to get rid of an old or spoilt air conditioner. 

If you are one of these people, do not worry. Here are some of the ways of properly disposing of an old air conditioner.

  • Recycling

Recycling is a common practice all over the world and takes place when someone takes a less useful product and changes it to become a more valuable item. 

Even though recycling is popular, many people have no idea that air conditioners too can undergo the process, and one of the reasons why is because many of its components are hardly reused. 

The fact that it rarely happens does not mean that it is impossible. Vital parts like metal and plastic can be recycled and used to make something new. All you have to do is take your old air-conditioner to a recycling factory and drop it off at the designated area. The experts there will swing into action and know what to do next.

  • Donating

From time to time, people replace air conditioners, maybe because they are old or have significantly reduced in terms of functionality. 

If you are one of these people, you should consider donating your old air conditioner once you but a new one. The fact that it is still working means it could help someone else or a group of people in a homeless shelter. 

Doing so could help a bunch of people who are suffering in overheating buildings. In addition to helping people out, you could even earn a tax deduction.

  • Bounty Programs

A bounty program is a deal offered by organisations for turning in certain items, especially old and worn out things that can be recycled. 

If you want to get rid of your old air conditioner, you can consider going for bounty programs where you could even get your money back. If you do not get a cash reward, you may receive discounts on other items that you may wish to purchase like another air- conditioner of higher-efficiency. 

If you would like to enjoy such benefits, you can search through the internet and look for programs around your area. Do not forget to look through the various requirements you are supposed to meet.

  • Local Disposal Programs

After an air conditioner is spoilt, many people think about throwing it away or depositing it in a landfill, well this may be an effective way of getting rid of it but not the best way.

You should contact your local council to guide you on how you can dispose of the air conditioner. In some areas, there are designated disposal areas for electronic waste and specific sections where old air conditioners are placed so that the authority can take care of them.

In some areas, you may be guided on how to carry out the disposal on your own, but this option comes with various guidelines. Here are some of the standard rules you would have to follow before disposal;

  • Remove all doors, hatches, and covers- to prevent children and small animals from being trapped inside if they decide to explore the inside part of the air conditioner.
  • Have a professional drain the coolant.
  • Remove any tanks containing coolant and take it to a collection centre that handles hazardous items.


Disposal of air-conditioners may be tricky for some people; if you are one of them, you do not have to worry about a thing as there are many options for disposal.

You can choose to recycle the air conditioner by taking it to a recycling centre near you and letting them take care of everything else. You can also choose to use bounty programs as a way of getting rid of your air conditioner. Furthermore, do not forget that donating an old air conditioner is also an option. 

All in all, if you need any help regarding disposing of your air conditioner, do not hesitate to contact us at Paul’s Rubbish Removal, and we will take care of everything for you.

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