Your fridge is one of the most important things in your home. Unless you’re a student, it’s the one-stop-shop for most of your food – while also doubling as a place for guests to judge you for what you do and don’t keep in there, like ketchup, potatoes, eggs, or chocolate, because we’re all a bit weird sometimes.
However, you can’t keep food fresh in your fridge-freezer forever; eventually, they’ll stop working as well as they need to, or might just conk out when you least expect. Annoyingly, fridges are also hard to dispose of. They’re huge pieces of kit; some family fridges are taller and heavier than the standard Olympic athlete. Refrigerators are also full of performance-enhancing chemicals that are harmful to the environment – much like countless Olympic athletes at the 1980 Moscow Games.
Luckily, our team at Divert has dealt with more than its fair share of refrigerators, and it’s not as difficult as you’d think. If anything, you can recycle them easily, meaning you’re doing your bit for the environment and making room for your nice, new fridge.
Your food’s going off quicker because your fridge can’t maintain the temperatures it’s meant to – which is a big problem for your energy bills, too.
The motor’s hot – the coils on the back of your fridge are insulated, meaning you shouldn’t feel any real heat coming off it. If yours is noticeably warm, chances are they either need replacing, or you’ll have to dispose of your fridge entirely.
Your fridge or freezer is noisy. Some fridges, especially cheaper ones, might be noisy anyway; magnets, things on top of it, or misbalanced feet may add to that sound problem. However, if it’s problematic once you eliminate these possibilities, you might need to look into fridge recycling.
Your freezer is swallowing your food. This is a less common problem nowadays, thanks to automatic defrosting features, but if these fail, or you’ve got a simpler freezer, you should defrost it. If it’s still a problem, it’s time to replace your freezer.
If it has too much condensation, you really should look at getting rid of your refrigerator. If your fridge looks like it’s sweating inside, you ought to take a look at the seals – if you’re seeing any signs of mould or mildew inside, or on the rubber seals, you might have to get a new one.
This could mean you could end up paying the council up to £100, depending on the size of your fridge, and the wait could be much longer than you think. Even then, you might be expected to move your fridge outside on the day of collection – no mean feat, especially if you live alone or not used to lifting something that can often weigh well over 400lbs (180kg).
However, it’s important to make sure your nearby HWRC accepts fridges – a surprising number don’t, and those that do may be liable to charge you for it – it might end up being more trouble than it’s worth, given all your other options.
Furthermore, if you’re hoping to do your duty for the environment, skips are one of the worst things you can hire, thanks to the pair of huge lorry trips needed to drop them off and pick them up; you also can’t guarantee that the firm you’re hiring to get it in the first place with will do the right thing with your old fridge once they’ve carted it away.
Man and van collection will pick up your fridge from inside your home;
Businesses such as Divert will ensure your fridge is recycled properly. If it’s still in good working order or needs minor fixes; we can sort those out; if not, we ensure that ultrasonic equipment, vacuums, and other mod cons are used to dispose of harmful chemicals carefully and safely; and if you need to scrap your refrigerator or freezer at short notice, there’s a very good chance we could do it on the day you call!