If you’re upgrading to a new heating and cooling system in your home, HVAC disposal is something to be aware of when it’s time to get rid of the old system. Just leaving components to be picked up on the street as large-item trash, or placing them in a convenient dumpster, isn’t the correct approach. Disposing of some HVAC components haphazardly could even violate laws due to toxic substances involved such as refrigerant.
Correct HVAC disposal means proper recycling of these parts. Typically, the qualified professional HVAC contractor who installs your new system will be familiar with the process of HVAC disposal and handle it for you. For your own information and to make sure it’s done right, however, here’s an overview of recycling used HVAC components.
HVAC components that are recyclable need to be sorted and transported to the proper recycling center for the material. Parts that are recyclable include:
- Air conditioner evaporator and condenser coils.
- Fan motor and compressor motor.
- Copper refrigerant conduit.
- Most furnace parts including the burners, heat exchanger and cabinet.
- Metal ductwork.
- Assorted electrical parts.
- Cardboard shipping boxes that contained your new HVAC system.
The refrigerant chemical that circulates inside your air conditioner is a restricted substance and could pose a threat to the environment if improperly disposed. Refrigerant handling and disposal are regulated by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations. Refrigerant can only be installed and removed from a unit by licensed HVAC technicians. In addition, when an old air conditioner is being replaced, refrigerant must be removed by professionals before the component can be legally discarded or recycled.
Refrigerant removal requires a specific procedure in which the refrigerant is vacuumed out of the component and contained in a sealed tank. The used refrigerant must then be delivered to an authorized reclamation center.
For more about the proper process of HVAC disposal, ask the professionals at Rinaldi’s Energy Solutions.