That old freezer that’s been sitting in the basement too long (you know the one) — well, it’s time to let go.  

Moving old freezers is …

  • Physically demanding
  • Definitely not a one-person job
  • Awkward and potentially damaging; and
  • Requires responsible disposal

… and really, who has time for that? There’s a better (and safer) solution for freezer disposal in Portland.

Learn everything you need to know about ditching that old freezer the right way with Junk It Junk Removal.

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The Basics of Freezer Removal

Before you schedule your freezer removal and disposal, there are a few things you should know. Most importantly, there are laws around freezer disposal (or disposal of any appliance containing freon), and it’s not a job that can be handled by just anyone. 

One of the biggest mistakes we see is when our clients call in a scrapper for freezer disposal. First of all, free is a misnomer. Not only will you be liable for any cleanup fees and possible fines for illegal dumping, but you’re potentially putting both the environment and the scrapper at risk of contamination.

Freon is toxic and needs to be left to the experts to dispose of responsibly. Junk It Junk Removal in Portland has years of experience in old freezer disposal, give us a call for a free quote.

4 FAQs About Freezer Removal and Disposal

#1: How Do I Know if My Old Freezer Is Ready to Be Disposed of?

The most obvious way to tell if your freezer is ready to be ditched is the food. If you notice your …

  • Meats feel a little soft on the surface  
  • Boxes seem to be getting damp; and 
  • Condensation is forming on any plastic containers 

… your freezer isn’t cold enough. You should check the temperature setting first and make sure it’s where it needs to be. You may also want to listen to hear if the motor is humming or if it’s totally silent.

We recommend calling in a repair person first, but if the repair costs more than a replacement, you may want to consider having it removed.

#2: Do I Need to Do Anything to Get My Old Freezer Ready for Pick-up?

Ideally, your freezer will be … 

  • Empty
  • Unplugged; and 
  • Defrosted 

… before we arrive. However, we understand that every circumstance is different and this may not always be possible.

Junk It can handle the removal and disposal of any items inside the freezer — as long as they haven’t spoiled. Spoiled goods must be handled and disposed of by a certified biohazard company, such as Bio-One.

If your freezer is in removal-ready condition, then our team will ask you a few questions, such as:

  • Where is the freezer located?
  • Do any access doors need to be removed?
  • Are there any obstacles in the way of the freezer?
  • Do we require service elevator access?
  • Where can we park the truck?
  • Does your apartment have a loading dock?
  • Etc.

We’ll work together with you to prepare your freezer for quick and easy removal.

#3: Can Old Freezers Be Recycled?

Yes, they can be, and they have to be! Oregon dictates that all appliances must be recycled under the law and set standards to reduce the environmental impact.

So, instead of wondering, “How do I get rid of a freezer?” let Junk It handle it for you. We are fully licensed, insured, and compliant with all freezer disposal laws.

#4: Do You Remove and Dispose of Any Other Appliances?

We sure do. We can remove:

  • Stoves
  • Ovens
  • Dishwashers
  • Washing machines
  • Dryers
  • Refrigerators
  • Air Conditioners
  • Commercial appliances
  • And more 

Click here for a full list of bulk good removal and disposal handled by the Junk It team.

Let Junk It Take Your Worries Away By Removing Your Old Freezer For You

If you’ve been wondering how to dispose of a deep freezer or an upright freezer, then wonder no more. Junk It Junk Removal in Portland can take care of your freezer disposal in no time.

We are experts at all kinds of junk removal, from knowing the laws around the disposal of bulk goods in Portland to where to take your junk to be recycled and disposed of properly.

Don’t break your back trying to get that old freezer up the basement stairs. Call us for a free quote instead. We’re here for you!