Getting new appliances installed in your home can be a fun and exciting process or a nerve racking awful experience. Properly preparing your old appliances for removal will take this stress and worry out of the equation. Knowing that your appliances are freestanding will give you peace of mind and allow you to enjoy the process of getting your new shiny stainless steel appliances. Read on if you’re ready to make your life easier…
Stoves - Range Tops - Ovens
Today’s a sad, sad day because the oven that you’ve had in your kitchen, you know the one that you’ve grown to love over the years and only you and your family know how to properly operate it without undercooking the food, well it’s finally cooked it’s last meal. Luckily for you, you’ve taken such good care of it that it’s lasted you two decades. Wow, talk about getting your monies worth! Now you’re stuck with the responsibility of disposing of this appliance, and safely. But how?
Disposing and removing your oven appliance can be a tricky task if you’re not familiar with its’ inner workings. The first thing you should do is ask yourself, is this appliance gas operated or electric? Don’t know the answer off the top of your head? Go over to the rangetop, the part that sits on top of the oven, and see if you have the coil that’s bent into a circular shape or if you have a metal grate where the flame comes from below. If you cook using actual fire, you have a gas powered stove. If you have the circular coil, you have an electric stove. Now you’ve taken the first step in safely removing your appliance from your kitchen.
Electric ovens are much easier to remove because all you need to do is shimmy it away from the wall enough for you to reach back and unplug it from the wall. No other action is required to safely disconnect it from the power source. Now all you need to do is get it out of your kitchen. If you’re buying a new appliance and are having it delivered one day soon, most appliance companies will remove the old appliance for free when they’re installing the new one (free = the price of the removal is factored into the selling price of the new appliance you just bought). If you are looking to get rid of the broken appliance and are not buying a new one right away, call a junk removal company to come in and take it away. Professional junk removal companies will come into your home and take the appliance away from wherever it is in your home. They will usually have one flat price for this type of appliance removal service. This option is good for people that may be renovating their kitchen, downsizing a bit and looking to make more space, or maybe you just have an old one in storage sitting in your garage from your cousin who swore they were going to come by and pick it up for their home, but then never did!
Dishwasher - Washer Machine - Refrigerator
What do all three of these appliances have in common? They’re all connected to a water source (well sometime the fridge isn’t but in this article it is)! Now what could possibly go wrong if you disconnect one of these appliances without properly shutting off the water valve? No big deal if a little water gets on the floor, right? The only thing that melts in the rain is sugar, right? WRONG! Properly shutting off the main water source to these types appliances is crucial to the safety and success of the appliance removal process. Just think, if you tried to just rip these out of the wall and water started pouring out if the connecting hose getting in between the tiles and soaking into the wooden floor underneath. If you’re not a quick thinker, you could be royally screwed. Take your time and go through the necessary steps of disconnecting the power and water source from these types of appliances before you even think about removing them from your home. Also, keep in mind to thoroughly clean the inside of your refrigerator after disconnecting it from the wall and leave the door open to let it air out. This will save your sense of smell, trust us we know from experience!
The same goes for these appliances as did for your oven, the company that you’re buying the new appliance from should have no problem removing your old one afterwards. If you run into any issues, call your local junk removal company to come in and get the job done. Remember, you can’t just leave this kind of stuff for your garbage man, you need a specialized company like the Stamford Junk Pros to come and help you out at a low and affordable cost.
Drying Machine/Kitchen Exhaust Fan
Not much to say about these two items. Disconnect them from the wall, drying machine can be unplugged and the exhaust tube taken off the wall with relative ease (just remember to patch the hole in your wall or install the new drying appliance in the same spot and run the exhaust in the same spot too). Kitchen exhaust fans, if mounted into the wall, should have enough space around it to simply pull out and replace the new fan.
Well, we hope you learned something from this article. One last thing to take away, always under no circumstance should you assume removing an appliances from your home is a safe and easy job. Take the necessary precautions before ripping a hose out of the wall because you don’t know what it may hold (gas, water, electricity). Be safe and remember to shop locally, help out the small guys in your town and leave reviews online. Show your appreciation to the community by shopping locally.
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