How To Dispose Of A Vacuum Cleaner
The vacuum cleaner you have in your house may have serve you best for the last 5 years of your life but hey, nothing lasts forever. Sooner or later you will have to dispose of it and buy another one. However, just getting rid of it and throwing it away is bad for the environment. You need to take special precaution on how to properly dispose of a vacuum cleaner.
Before you decide to throw your old one away, you should first check if the damage is still repairable. There are times when having it repaired will be much more advantageous for you. But if you decide that you really need to get rid of it and get a new one, then by all means go ahead. Just be sure you will handle it responsibly enough not to wreak havoc on the environment.
There are many ways on how you can dispose of a vacuum machine. You won’t need to undergo much hassle and you may choose which way of disposal will work for you according to your preference and convenience. To know more, here are some basic suggestions on how to properly dispose of your old vacuum cleaner.
If you are not sure whether to dispose it or not…
Then evaluate your vacuum if it just needs to be repaired and fixed. Most of the time, vacuum cleaners malfunction because something is wrong with one of its components. The filter may not have been cleaned for a while now, or the belt may be in need of replacing. The brush roll or beater bar may have been damaged and worn or the hose may have dents and holes.
This option benefits both the environment (throwing away old vacuum machines is not safe) as well as your pocket. Of course, replacing a component is truly much cheaper than getting a new one. You could have saved $500 dollars by just buying a few bucks’ worth of vacuum cleaner belt. Ask for a professional’s opinion about your vacuum and get some recommendations.
Contact the retailer about the warranty
So now you have really decided that you have had enough with the old vacuum cleaner and want a new experience. Before you decide to get rid of your vacuum machine, try to remember how much your warranty covers. Did your vacuum cleaner give in after 4 years when the warranty says it will last up to 7 years? Depending on your warranty’s coverage, your vacuum appliance may at least end up with a free repair work. At most, the retailer may give you a new vacuum, most likely the same brand and model as the one you are planning to dispose of.
Sell the vacuum cleaner
There are many ways how you can make money out of your old vacuum appliance. First, if your vacuum is still working flawlessly (you really just want a new one), you may have good fortune in trying to sell it second hand. You can sell it online on eBay and you may even put up advertisements in newspapers.
If you think your vacuum cleaner is not anymore that marketable, don’t lose hope. If it is not totally damaged (say, crushed by a truck?), you can try selling it to repair shops. Chances are your vacuum machine will not be sold as a second hand appliance but the repair shop will gladly take it apart and use its components for future repair works.
Another good and environment friendly option is to recycle your vacuum cleaner. Look up the yellow pages for local recycle centers that will gladly accept your contribution. In some cases, these places will pick up your old vacuum from your place for free but there are also some places who would ask for a fee. Just be sure you are not overcharged.
Donate it to somebody else
This is also one of the best options around. By donating your vacuum cleaning machine, you did not only get rid of it for free, you were also able to help somebody else who, chances are, could not afford their own vacuum cleaner. If you do not know somebody who is in need of a vacuum, try contacting local non-profit charity agencies such as orphanages. Also, remember that your tax will benefit from these donations. Just remember that you can only donate it if it’s still working perfectly, alright?
Take it to the dump
This is not a recommended option as it may cause damage to the environment. However, if you have tried all of the suggestions above and none worked, or if none of the suggestions are applicable because your vacuum cleaner is really, really damaged, then I guess you may have to trash it and take it to the local dump.
Remember though to contact your local government first and ask for permission. If they permit it, they may tell you where the vacuum should be taken. This way, you will be sure you are not breaking the law. Who knows, your local government may even volunteer to help you do the dirty work.