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Can Heating Systems Be Recycled?

Here at Kayl, we’ve been providing heating and cooling solutions for Doniphan, Nebraska, for many years. And many of our customers ask the same question: “What do I do when my heating system dies?”

Sure, you should get a new unit when that happens. But many customers are surprised to discover that they can recycle their old heating system.

Want to learn more? Take a look at our comprehensive guide!

Don’t Just Leave It

A rookie mistake many people make is to try to leave their HVAC by the side of the road. However, this is a bad idea for several reasons.

First, your HVAC will have many parts that cannot be recycled. Second, the unit itself is usually too large for a recycling company to pick up. Finally, it’s best to let your local HVAC company help with the hassle of recycling the unit.

What Can Be Recycled?

Earlier, we mentioned how some parts can be recycled, and others cannot. This leaves the natural question: Which parts of your HVAC can actually be recycled?

Some things that can be recycled include the metal ducts, the motor, the compressor and the coils. You can also recycle the sheet metal, brass fittings and copper tubes.

What Cannot Be Recycled?

Now you know more about which parts can be recycled. The truth is: Most of the system can be recycled, with the exception of the following parts.

Smaller plastic parts cannot be recycled, nor can the flex duct. You also cannot recycle the capacitors or fiberboard.

What Else Should I Know?

We’ve covered where to recycle the HVAC system as well as which parts you can (and cannot) recycle. Here are just a few more things you should know before you decide to recycle.

Leftover refrigerant must be reclaimed, which is something your local HVAC company can help with. Many of these procedures are regulated by the EPA, so it’s best to leave it to an HVAC professional.

Recycling the HVAC is an entirely different process from recycling energy itself; don’t get the two confused. Finally, remember that any cardboard from old or new HVAC systems can typically be recycled

Now you know all about recycling your old HVAC system. If you have any more questions, all you have to do is give Kayl a call!