Scrapping a refrigerator is one of the more intricate scrapping tasks, but it can also be quite lucrative. Here are some tips regarding scrapping a fridge safely and legally.

Rule No. 1 – Don’t Cut the Refrigerant Lines

The main thing that makes recycling a refrigerator (or an air conditioner, for that matter) difficult is the presence of refrigerant chemicals such a freon. Some of these gases are very harmful to breathe, and virtually all of them are quite damaging to the ozone layer.

Because these lines are made of copper, most scrappers want to recycle them, but before they can legally be recycled, an HVAC professional with the right certification needs to drain them. If you have certification or know someone who does, you’re in luck—but if not, you may not be able to fully recycle the refrigerator without paying a professional to do this work properly.

However, there are some other valuable parts on the refrigerator! Fortunately, these parts are generally easy to access, and can still be worth quite a lot.