How To Dispose Of A Small Wine Fridge

A wine fridge isn’t the sort of appliance you’d normally want to get rid of, but what happens when it breaks? When the cooling system stops working or there’s no more room for storage, that’s when you need to decide what to do with your old wine fridge.

If you don’t want to try and fix it, then it might be time to get rid of it. Before you schedule an appointment with the trash collectors, however, there are some steps you can take to dispose of your old wine fridge properly and safely.

1) Figure out if it works

If you have a small wine fridge that still works, you may not have to get rid of it. Wine fridges are actually pretty energy efficient, so if yours is in good condition and can hold your collection, it could be useful for years.

But make sure your small wine fridge still cools adequately—if it’s running continuously or seems like its cooling capacity has diminished significantly, then it might be time to let go.

If it does work well and doesn’t take up too much space, consider keeping it in your garage or another out-of-the-way place for long-term storage.

2) Check your local regulations

While you’re not legally required to recycle wine fridges, it’s still a good idea. First, determine whether or not your area recycles appliances. If so, call your local hauler and ask what they take. Some take only larger units (including wine coolers), while others will take smaller units as well.

Even if you don’t live in an area that does a lot of recycling for small appliances, there are still plenty of other options for getting rid of old refrigerators.

You can sell them through craigslist or local classifieds or simply give them away on freecycle or your neighborhood Facebook group—you may even be able to find someone who will come pick it up if you’d prefer not to go through Craigslist or one of its ilk.

3) Call waste disposal

Before you toss your wine fridge, call your local waste disposal service for pickup. Some services don’t allow you to toss a used wine fridge—even if it’s empty—and will charge you a fee if they have to come out and remove it themselves.

Before tossing anything, double-check with them first! If they do allow you to throw away your old unit, check that there are no fees associated with doing so.

4) Get rid of it yourself

The first step in disposing of a wine fridge is gathering any materials you’ll need. Before you start lugging it down to your basement or back porch, set up a workstation and gather together some large garbage bags, and a pair of sturdy trash-can grippers (you can get them at any hardware store), and some packing tape.

Once that’s done, unplug your fridge and disconnect its power supply if it has one; in many cases, you’ll have an outlet right there inside or underneath.

If not, unscrew or untwist the cables going into your current unit; then be sure you know where they go on your new model before you throw out your old wine fridge! Also remember whether you removed your door from inside–if so, do that now too.

5) Label, label, label!

After you disconnect and detach your wine fridge from power, it’s important to label all cords, wires, and cables so that you can remember what goes where. Take a photo for backup.

For instance, if you have any extra wire lying around (perhaps from an old TV), tag it with a TV marker or tie on a post-it note with something like Extra Wire – Plug into Side Panel.

This is especially true if you have wires that are similar in color and shape—matching them up later will be easier if you label them now!

6) Write an ad and place on Craigslist

Advertise your fridge on Craigslist (or another classifieds site). Let people know what they need to do in order to take it away. Include pictures, measurements, and any other information you think is relevant.

Once someone contacts you about taking it away, check whether or not they have a car big enough for your fridge. If not, make sure that you’re able to lend them something suitable.

When arranging for pick-up, clearly state where you want it taken; if possible, be present when your fridge leaves your home so that you can remove any leftovers or debris from inside it before handing over ownership.

7) Choose the right buyer and make sure they are willing to pay cash

Selling your wine fridge is a bit more involved than simply listing it on Craigslist and hoping for a buyer. Not only do you have to find someone who is interested in buying an appliance that’s slightly outdated, but you also have to figure out whether they’re willing to pay cash, or if they want it financed with a mortgage or other financing option.

While that may seem like a lot of work (and it will take some time), there are plenty of ways you can make finding buyers easier on yourself.

First, you can post ads online and in local newspapers; consider advertising it in areas where there are known wine enthusiasts, such as at wine tastings, vineyards, wineries and specialty shops.

8) Make sure you get all your money upfront

If you’re planning on selling your used wine fridge, be sure that your potential buyer is willing to pay upfront. Some consumers offer a trade-in if they purchase a new unit, but if you really want to make sure you get money upfront, have them wire or deposit money into your account for your refrigerator.

The good news is there are many places where you can sell used appliances including Craigslist and eBay; just do some research before listing it.

9) Be available but give buyers space to inspect

There’s an old saying that you can learn a lot about your neighbors by just looking through their trash—which is a bit creepy, but it does make some sense. People who buy new wine fridges are still in their decision-making process and might not be ready to sell yet, so give them time to make up their minds.

It doesn’t hurt to ask them what they think about yours or show off how it works. Just don’t push too hard.

If you find yourself being relentless in your pursuit of getting rid of your fridge, chances are someone else will just take it off your hands for you—and for much less than you were hoping for if your seller decides he can get more money from another buyer.

10) Have them sign off as a condition of receiving their payment

Even if you’re working with a client from abroad, online or otherwise, having them sign off as read and approved is always a good idea.

In addition to clearing up any confusion on their end, it also adds a level of accountability that can help keep you honest.

If you find yourself filling out several similar posts in sequence for a client (and particularly when using templates), having them sign off at each step helps ensure that they are always aware of what changes have been made.

This also keeps your clients happy—in my experience, nothing puts people in a bad mood like realizing they just spent hours working on something that won’t be used.

Final Word

The best way to dispose of your wine fridge depends on how you got it. If you bought it and want it out of your house, donate it in good condition at a local thrift store, where someone will get use out of it.

However, if you’re disposing of a unit that is broken or otherwise doesn’t work, consider hiring someone who specializes in environmental waste disposal. These businesses take many items that aren’t recyclable and dispose them properly (and legally).

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I'm Devin. I'm a wine enthusiast, researcher, and writer. I love to write about various topics during my free time, but when I'm not working you can find me traveling the world or reading, watching movies, or swimming.

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