Tips For Scrapping Appliances

Are you about to discard your old or fairly used electrical appliance?  Wait a minute! You can make some money from selling scraps of that equipment. Most times, when appliances break down, it’s just a part of it that gets faulty. The other parts are much valuable and can be resold to construct other equipment. If you have appliances that you might want to scrap, here are tips that you will find helpful:

5 Simple Tips for Scrapping Appliances

1.    Estimate the value

When you want to scrap an appliance, the first important step is to estimate the value. To evaluate the worth, you must first identify the type of metal you are about to sell. For instance, ferrous metals are generally cheaper than non-ferrous metals like aluminum, copper, and brass at the scrap yard. You can easily estimate the value of your scraps after you ascertain the demand for the particular appliance. The higher the demand for the appliances they come from, the more people need their spare parts. So, scraps that come from pieces of equipment that are highly demanded usually worth more.

2.    Sort out the parts

The larger the equipment, the more valuable it is. It’s simple! Large equipment such as washing machines, dishwashers, etc, contain more metal parts that are valuable when separated from the whole.  Small appliances such as microwaves or toasters are better off sold as a unit because they have little or no metals. They primarily consist of plastic and other non-metal components that are less valuable.

3.    Look for durable materials

Knowing the durable components will help you discern the valuable parts from the worthless ones. For large appliances such as refrigerators may contain materials like rubber, plastic, stainless steel, aluminum, etc. Stainless steel is more durable than aluminum, and the former must be collected to increase your profit margin.

4.    Move appliances carefully

Over the decades, the rules guiding the manufacturing of appliances are changing. Most of the chemical composition of these appliances is harmful to the environment when released. Ensure you move the appliances carefully to avoid the release of toxic chemicals. You can search for scrap yards around your locale and confirm whether they have scrap pick-up services and containers for storing metals.


Scrapping appliances is lucrative. However, it can result in a waste of time and effort if not well-planned and executed. With our three basic tips for scrapping metals, you will be able to sell the scraps for value. So instead of dumping your used appliances, take apart the valuable parts and take them to the scrap yard. However, remember to always evaluate the worth of the scraps before selling them.

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