When an older appliance breaks down or when it's just time for a change, the first step is to remove the appliance and safely dispose of it. The best way to do this varies, depending on what the appliance is and where you have it.
|What you can expect|
|Range per appliance:||$37.63||$125.91|
|Range for this type of project:||$38||$126|
Basic Labor for Appliance Removal
Labor cost, under typical conditions, to remove and dispose of large appliance. Appliance will be detached from adjacent surfaces and components, broken down if necessary, removed from the premises, and safely disposed of in accordance with legal requirements. All steps of the process, including preparation and cleanup, are included.
Removal of Appliance Waste
This is the cost to remove old materials, extra cut waste and other associated garbage produced from the job.
|cost to remove appliances|
|National Avg. Materials Cost per appliance||$15.15|
|National Avg. Cost (labor and materials) for 1 appliance||$80.46|
|National Cost Range (labor and materials) for 1 appliance||$37.03 - $123.89|
Getting rid of small appliances is no more difficult than carrying anything else out of your house. Light items such as toasters, coffee makers and smaller microwave ovens can be safely lifted and carried by one person.
Larger appliances and those hardwired to the electrical system or attached to plumbing might be more of a challenge. Be certain to cut power at the breaker for hardwired applicances and shut off the water supply before disconnecting anything attached to the water lines. Loosen any mounting hardware before pulling out an installed dishwasher, microwave or stove. Use a rolling dolly to maneuver heavy items such as the refrigerator. If the appliance has a door (refrigerator, oven, dishwasher), use electrician's tape to seal it before moving the machine.
The kitchen isn't the only place for appliances. Water heaters and softeners, clothes washers and dryers and other household appliances are often situated in a garage, basement or other room. Before you remove these appliances, plan your route to the door carefully. Remove any obstacles, and measure doorways to ensure a smooth, damage-free transport.
After you've moved the appliances and installed their replacements, it's time to think about disposing of the old equipment. Appliances in working order can sometimes be sold or given away to thrift shops, which usually clean them up and resell them. Broken appliances often require special disposal, since refrigerant and other chemicals can be dangerous. Call your local landfill or your municipality's Public Works Department for advice about how to responsibly dispose of your potentially hazardous old appliances.