Can Heating Systems Be Recycled?

Your home’s heating and cooling system are vital to your comfort. It controls the temperature within your home and can also be used to control humidity levels. If there is an air purification system connected to it, you can use it to control indoor air quality. Even with optimal care and attention, most traditional furnaces last only about 15 to 20 years. When it comes to time to upgrade to a new unit, what do you do with the old one? Can it be recycled? Yes, it can!

Let’s take a closer look at recycling your furnace and what you need to know.

Will the Garbage Man Pick Up My Old Furnace?

The easiest way to dispose of anything is to set it out by the road and let the garbage man pick it up, right? Well, when it comes to your furnace, you can’t toss it out for the Monday morning trash pickup. You can, however, ask the HVAC contractor who is going to install your new unit if they will remove the old system and dispose of it for you. Most times, an HVAC contractor will be more than happy to do this because he will get to keep any of the parison the old unit that are still in good working condition.

As far as the parts on the furnace that can be recycled, they include:

  • Sheet metal
  • Copper tubing
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Metal ductwork
  • Motors

Are There Parts of a Furnace That Can’t Be Recycled?

Yes, there are parts on the furnace that can’t be recycled, including tiny plastic parts, flex duct, capacitors, and fiberboard.

Contact Putnam Mechanical Today

To learn more about safely recycling your heating system, contact Putnam Mechanical today. We specialize in a variety of furnace installation and repair services. We always go out of our way to be as friendly as possible to Mother Nature, and we’d love to help you recycle your old furnace.

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