If you have an old air conditioner that you’re looking to get rid of, you may be wondering what to do and how to properly dispose of it. Leaving your old air conditioner at the curb or dumping it together with other household rubbish would spell more problems and penalties than solutions. 

Before trying to muck yourself and potentially violate environmental policies, you need to have a good idea about what to do with that old air conditioner.

Air conditioners, regardless of its model, all contain cooling refrigerants — the component necessary for delivering cold temperatures inside your cozy room. This contains toxic and ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) compounds and greenhouse gases and since air conditioners are loaded with harmful chemicals. It is essential that you dispose of the equipment properly and responsibly to avoid harming your family or contaminating the environment.

Furthermore, local policies and regulations regarding the proper removal of harmful refrigerant and oils can make the task more intimidating. It takes a professional technician to properly drain out the CFC. Never attempt to take out the refrigerant by yourself because other than contaminating the ground from spills, it could also lead to a fine. 

But you could not just let your old air conditioner sit outside and risk its chemicals from leaking out the coil and into the soil. Instead, you will have to take the time to learn about the choices you have to make and then properly dispose of your air conditioning unit.

Fortunately, there are different ways you can use as your guide in getting rid of your old air conditioner, putting environmental concern and local policies at first priority.

Let’s get started.

Bounty Programs

Interestingly, you can earn a few bucks by turning in your old air conditioner to bounty programs offered by your local electrical utility or appliance stores. You will be paid a “bounty” by the recycler for them to collect and recycle the appliance. 

In many cases, bounties come in the form of rebates or discounts for purchasing new higher-efficiency models. Contact your electricity provider or appliance store for inquiries regarding bounty programs or trade-ins.

Reselling & Donating

If your old air conditioner is still functional and can still do some cooling, why not squeeze the remaining value out of it and resell it? Especially if your old air conditioner is still a relatively recent model, you can post it as an online ad, together with all the specifications and features of your appliance. We believe your air conditioner has sentimental value and you will be just as willing to earn by removing it.

Alternatively, you can give it to families in need as well as charities who accept air conditioner donations. After all, emotional gratitude is much more rewarding than money. A school, community centre, or a small shop can make use of an air conditioner and it can benefit countless people. All will start from your own kindness.

Rubbish Removal Services

Ultimately, you want your old air conditioner out of your household, and while there are multiple options to consider and factors to keep in mind, giving a call to rubbish removal services who are experts in handling refrigerant-containing appliances is the best choice. 

Paul’s Rubbish Removal is among the most efficient rubbish removal services across Sydney who will not just tend to the heavy bulk for you but also makes sure it will undergo multiple EPA compliant processes to properly dispose of the appliance. 

Under no circumstances should your old air conditioner be disposed of in landfills, recycling bins, or dumpsters. We make sure to divert all toxic rubbish away from landfills and take an active role in preventing harm to individuals, animals, and the environment.

Moreover, our broad network in recycling and waste management industry which are all compliant with the guidelines set by the NSW Environmental Protection Authority ensure that the toxic components in your air conditioner are properly discarded and will undergo proper chemical disposal processes. We also make sure that your rubbish, especially the recyclables, can still go a long way, so you get the value of your worth.


Getting rid of your old air conditioners require careful consideration of its components and the environment. While this can be a bigger task than first anticipated, there is a smart choice for junk removal and Paul’s Rubbish Removal is most available at your disposal. Call our friendly staff on your convenient schedule and we’ll be in and out within the hour, taking away all the junk you want to be removed.

If you want to take the hassle out of your household within the day and likewise need the guarantee that your old appliance gets as much value even as garbage, feel free to talk with our friendly staff at 0407 125 125 or email us for inquiries and a free quote.

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