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Craigslist can be a gold mine for people looking to get rid of old appliances. Your working old refrigerator might be of use to someone like me who wants or needs to keep a second fridge in the garage or basement.
The good news about online sites like Yelp is that they often share reviews of the companies they list so that you can get an idea of what a scrap recycling center might pay you for your old fridge before you load it up and bring it in.
Unless you live in a climate with consistent year-round temperatures and they fall within the manufacturer-recommended range of temperatures for running the appliance, using a regular fridge in the garage is a bad idea.
This extra stress the appliance is under increases the amount of electricity being consumed. It also turns the fridge into a major repair bill (and eventual complete breakdown of the appliance) just waiting to happen.
Some refrigerators only have one thermostat in the fridge section, especially older models. When the temperature in a room drops, the temperature control unit is fooled into thinking the temperature in the freezer is fine.
Refrigerators contain a number of valuable metals that can be removed and reused to make new items. Do a little research online to find a company (or person) offering cash for old appliances. Having your old fridge (and other appliances, for that matter) broken down for parts does planet Earth a favor, too, by reducing landfill waste.
Get a $25 reward for each old, working room A/C unit, dehumidifier and/or mini fridge (up to $100) you drop off at our recycling event in Baltimore, MD on Saturday, April 8, 2023, between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. At this event only, BGE customers will also be able to shred documents at the event, in partnership with the Baltimore Department of Public Works! Learn more here.
Determine if your old refrigerator or freezer is eligible for PPL's recycling program. Your unit must be in working condition and be between 10 and 30 cubic feet in size. Use the calculator below to determine the size of your fridge or freezer.
Most refrigerators and freezers used as backup units were built before current energy efficiency standards. Dating from the 1980s and early 1990s and before, the technology chugging away inside these units is so outdated that the typical old garage fridge can require three or four times more energy to operate than a newer model. That adds up to an estimated $150 in annual energy savings for people who recycle.
Maximum two (2) visits per customer site in a calendar year. Each visit is limited to two large appliances (refrigerator and/or freezer) and two small appliances (small fridge or freezer, room air conditioner and/or dehumidifier).
After you determine the make, model and age of your refrigerator, take a look at the condition. Look for damage on the outside or inside, including damage to the shelves, drawers or handles. Look for scratches or dents on the exterior of the fridge. Check to see if the icemaker and water dispenser work, if the refrigerator is equipped with them. Check any electronic features such as temperature regulators and exterior lights. Verify whether or not the interior lights work as well. Knowing the condition of the appliance will help you in assessing value.
My neighbor recently replaced his 20 year old fridge that was still working just fine. According to his math he would actually save money over the next few years by replacing it rather than letting the old one sit. Is that possible? Also what about hooking it up in the garage as a second fridge?
The initial delivery team informed me that they were not the appropriate team for the job as my old fridge was a built-in unit. As a result, I had to contact Bestbuy again to reschedule the delivery and ensure that the built-in specialist was sent. I take responsibility for not informing Bestbuy that my fridge was built-in.
On the second occasion when I rescheduled the delivery, I made sure to inform the representative that my old fridge was a built-in model, and requested that they send the appropriate team to haul it away. In fact, I even called twice to double-check with different representatives and confirmed that a team of built-in fridge specialists would be sent. Despite this, the second delivery still resulted in the wrong team showing up. The haul-away team informed me that they were not equipped to handle built-in fridges. As you can imagine, I was quite frustrated as I had already communicated this information and confirmed it multiple times.
During the third appointment, the delivery team identified a problem with my water valve, which they said was connected to the water pipe from the fridge. They informed me that they couldn't proceed with the installation until the valve was fixed. I suggested they shut off the water at the main valve so they could proceed with removing my old fridge, but they declined. I asked them to check if there were any other issues that might arise during the haul-away process, and they assured me there weren't any except for the water valve. After they left, I called my plumber, who was able to shut off the water using the valve under the sink within seconds. This made me realize that the valve was old but still functional. To avoid any future complications, I decided to replace the valve before the next appointment.
On the fourth occasion, I rescheduled the delivery for February 21, 2023, informing Bestbuy that I had fixed the water valve and requesting that the same group of delivery men who had promised to haul away my old fridge be sent to my house. However, on February 23, a new group of delivery men arrived at my home, and I explained to them what had transpired previously. They proceeded to take part of my old fridge out but found no water valve on the fridge water pipe. When I informed them that the old build-in fridge had been designed without a water valve on the water pipe, they insisted that I install one before they could proceed with the haul-away. I suggested that I could shut down my whole house's water system if that would help, but they still refused.
To my surprise, they began to call Bestbuy and misrepresent the situation to a representative in my house, claiming that they were the third group and did not want to haul away my old fridge since there was no valve on the fridge pipe. At the same time, I was talking to a Bestbuy representative online, explaining that the first three groups were not specialists and that my water valve had been broken before, not because of the lack of a valve on the fridge pipe. The boss of the fourth group became angry, shouted at me, turned off his phone, and slammed my door, leaving my old fridge in pieces. I was angry not only because I did not receive my new fridge but also because the delivery man had lied and behaved rudely, leaving my old fridge in a state of disrepair.
I voiced my grievances to various representatives from Bestbuy and eventually, a man advised me to shut off the water before the delivery arrives so that the old fridge can be hauled away. Following his instructions, I had my plumber disconnect the old fridge pipe so that it could be removed by the Bestbuy delivery team. I then rescheduled for February 21, 2023, and specifically requested the same team as before since they were familiar with my house and the old fridge removal process. However, on the day of the delivery, a new group arrived and claimed that the new fridge would not fit because the old fridge was 35.5 inches while the new one was 36 inches. This confused me because I had measured my old fridge multiple times and the instruction book also stated it was 36 inches. Additionally, the new group also claimed that the back door was not big enough to remove the old fridge, even though the previous group had assured me that it would fit. To clarify, I even reached out to the previous homeowner who confirmed that the old fridge was removed through the back door. I do not wish to argue with anyone anymore, and I simply want to understand what went wrong and how I can have the new fridge installed without further issues.
You can hack your GE fridge to either let you keep using your old filter (not recommended, they get real glommed up after a while which defeats the entire purpose of a water filter) or use an off-brand filter.
Thanks, this is a great guide. My GE fridge does not have a water filter, but I discovered that there are filters you can easily splice right into the plastic hose supplying the water to the fridge. AFAIK they are even cheaper! All you would have to do is put in the bypass and you would be good to go.
If I can stick your RFID on my generic filter, my fridge would not reject it since it would not recognize that RFID as being used and vice versa. Let me know if anyone is interested in making an exchange.
I bet if you use two chips alternating them with generic filters, the fridge will work fine. What are the chances there is a memory, or that GE keeps coming up with unique codes? What if you actually bought OE filters from GE and just happen to stumble upon one with a code you already used?
Fyi, I ordered a bypass from GE and received it no problem. HOWEVER, they are now glueing the chip in so hard it is not coming out without damaging it. Fortunately, I finally remembered where I put the one that came with the fridge and was able to pop that chip out easily.
Just followed this hack and it worked like a charm. One thing different was I unscrewed the little plastic bracket that holds the RFID chip and then I lined up my bypass RFID exactly on the outside of the bracket. The bracket holds all the electronic circuit board. Worked like a charm. Although the fridge now says Unfiltered Water, we replace our non-RFID filters every 6 months so we know our water is clean and filtered. Thanks Jack for a very well written article.
The reason why I want to do it this way is that the internal timer for replacement will continue to work and the fridge will issue no bypass filter installed messages. Both of us would be able to use the chips with any generic RPWF filter saving both of us money for no more than the cost of a postage stamp and envelope. Anyone want to exchange information and chips with me for this test? 781b155fdc