Have you ever wondered how to best get rid of old appliances in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties? Well, appliance removal can be challenging no matter where you live.
Large appliances can be heavy, bulky, and hard to move around. Even an average-sized microwave oven can weigh over 50 pounds with a full-size built-in oven weighing in at over 80 pounds. Which is nothing compared to an old refrigerator or washing machine!
(200 to 300 pounds each, in case you were wondering…)
When It’s Time for New Appliances
There are a few common reasons for new appliances. And, perhaps the most obvious one is when your faithful old machine up and dies.
But there are other reasons that people decide it’s time to upgrade to a new appliance or set of appliances.
If the machines have been in the home for a number of years and a remodel of the kitchen or laundry room is completed, a new set of kitchen appliances and even a new washer and dryer can be just the thing to finish the new look.
Another common trigger for a new appliance is noise.
It could be your dishwasher, your washing machine, that old dryer clunking away louder every year, and even the refrigerator. When you can hear your appliances no matter where you are in the house, then you know that they are too loud and need to be either repaired or replaced.
Repairing them may be an option but, if they are more than 10 or 15 years old it is probably better to replace them.
Online technology magazine, How-To Geek offers this advice,
- How often does it need repaired?
If it feels like I’m constantly having to fix things on it just to keep it running for a couple more years, it’s probably a good idea to just send it out to pasture and replace it.
- If it does break down, how much would it cost to repair?
If the repair is going to cost a lot of money, then I’ll consider replacing it instead of repairing it. The rule of thumb is that if the repair will cost over half of what a new appliance would cost, it’s a good idea to just replace it.
Whatever reason you have for replacing your old appliances, the next decision is likely going to be how to best dispose of them?
Your Options for Old Appliance Removal
It’s true that we live in a DIY society. Numerous television programs and websites cater to the growing trend of people engaging in “do-it-yourself” projects. And, while we certainly applaud the spirit behind the accomplishments of these DIY-er’s, removing, hauling, and disposing of your own large is not a DIY project.
However, depending on the size and working condition of the appliance, you could certainly consider “doing-it-yourself” if you take precautions and follow the right steps.
And what are those steps?
No worries! We put together this handy checklist to guide you through the process:
The Risks With DIY Appliance Removal
If you are working with any type of appliance larger than, say, a microwave oven then you really should not consider undertaking disposing of it yourself.
Not only is it difficult, labor-intensive, and even dangerous, it’s not necessary given the ease and cost-effectiveness of using a professional service like Junk King Contra Costa. Appliance removal requires several things that not every homeowner or apartment dweller is equipped with.
And that doesn’t even take into account that few people can manage a full-sized appliance by themselves, Dwayne Johnson excluded!
There are problems that come with moving major appliances like refrigerators, washers, dryers, dishwashers, wine coolers, and other large items. For starters, they can leak, tear up your floors, scratch or dent the walls, and possibly expose you to mold or mildew.
In addition, depending on your health, physical size and strength, and the equipment you are (or are not!) using, it is frighteningly easy to hurt yourself. Common injuries suffered while moving appliances include:
- – Strained back
- – Broken fingers and toes
- – Knee and ankle sprains
- – Cuts and scrapes
- – Pinching or crushing
So, if just reading through that brief list causes you to cringe, then you should be rethinking the notion of removing your old appliances yourself. However, just in case that isn’t enough persuasion, there are also transportation and disposal issues.
It probably goes without saying that removing a large appliance will require a truck of some kind. It may be possible to use a cargo van or even a larger SUV, but the fact is that not everyone owns one of these vehicles.
If, however, you do own a truck or have access to one – and you have the help you need to load the appliance on it – there is still disposal to think about.
In Contra Costa County, for example, there is a select list of facilities that will accept most of your old but working, and non-working, appliances. However, the county’s website posts the following warning:
“With the continuous advances of technology many appliances become obsolete. The cost of handing, transporting, repairing and/or recycling often exceeds the value of these items; as a result, many of these items require a special disposal fee.”
But that’s not the only warning. If you were thinking that the easiest option is to simply take a ride to the “dump” and dispose of your old appliance in a landfill, think again. The County also points out that,
“Microwaves and most appliances containing pilot light sensors and electrical switches and relays are classified as hazardous waste and banned from landfill disposal. Pilot light sensors are found in some gas appliances such as stoves, ovens, clothes dryers, water heaters, furnaces and space heaters.”
In the final analysis, we would say again that DIY appliance removal is not a great option. But there is a great option that is both easy, safe, and eco-friendly!
Call On Junk King Contra Costa for Appliance Removal
If you want the industry’s Number One appliance removal service for your old appliance disposal needs, call on Junk King Contra Costa.
We use a two-person team and one oversized junk removal truck. We say “oversized” because Junk King’s appliance removal trucks are up to 30 percent larger than our competitor’s trucks. Why does that matter? Because it means we can take more of your junk for less money.
In addition, Junk King Contra Costa can not only remove your old, non-working appliance pieces quickly and efficiently, but we are committed to keeping as many of those pieces as possible out of landfills.
Junk King’s eco-friendly mission is to make sure as much of your appliance – and all your other junk – gets recycled as possible. We are the only national company to operate our business with local sorting facilities and the goal of recycling 60 percent or more of every job!
And, if your old appliance is working, it can even be donated. We can take care of that, too.
Along with appliance removal, Junk King Contra Costa can take your yard waste, furniture, remodeling construction debris, and even an excessive accumulation of trash or garbage. Our other services include storage unit cleanouts, mattress removal, hot tub disposal, electronic waste disposal, and television disposal.
In addition to our great service, our pricing is the lowest in our service area, whether that’s Brentwood, Clayton, Byron, Danville, or San Ramon. Fair and transparent pricing is one of our hallmarks.
Your Appliance Removal Team in Contra Costa and Alameda Counties
Did you recently upgrade your appliances and now have some appliances that you need to get rid of? Maybe it’s not appliances, but old furniture taking up space after you upgraded to new home furnishings? Or is there a bunch of old equipment, supplies, and office furniture at your workplace that you haven’t had time to dispose of?
Junk King Contra Costa delivers efficient, safe, and eco-friendly appliance removal service so you don’t need to worry about the pick-up or disposal of your old pieces. Our experienced appliance removal team will carefully remove and haul away all types of appliances. And our junk removal trucks are made to handle those large, heavy items. (Unlike your family car!)
Ready to get rid of your old appliances? It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3. You need only make an appointment with us by booking online above, or by calling us at 1.888.888.JUNK (5865).
Our professional and insured appliance removal team will show up at your home or office, and we’ll call 15 minutes before we get there. Once there, we’ll give you a free estimate based on how much room your junk takes up in our truck.
You simply point and we load those old appliances into our junk removal trucks and haul them away with no hidden fees.