Places That Offer Free Appliance Removal (Refrigerators, Dryers, etc)

Whether you’re moving, buying a new appliance, or renovating your space, it’s possible to find appliance removal for things like dishwashers, refrigerators, washers, dryers, and more — sometimes for free. Appliances in working order may be eligible for removal by charities like The Salvation Army and Habitat for Humanity; your electric company, a recycling service, or a store selling new appliances might also be able to haul away your old appliances. We explain your options below.

What We Recommend

If available in your area, recycling your appliances through a Responsible Appliance Disposal (RAD) partner, such as your electric company, is the best option. RAD partners not only haul away appliances for free but may also pay you or provide a utility account credit in exchange for recycling your appliance(s).[1]

If your local utility companies aren’t RAD partners or don’t accept the type of appliance you want to get rid of, The Salvation Army offers the most convenient free pick-up service. It accepts most large and small appliances, and you can schedule an appointment online or by phone.[2]

The List

Below, we list the companies that offer appliance removal, placing those that are widely available and don’t require a new appliance purchase at the top of the list.

Responsible Appliance Disposal (RAD) Partner Programs

  • Fees: None; RAD partners are typically utility companies, which may even pay you or offer an account credit in return for your appliance(s)[3][4][1]
  • Requirements: May require an account with the RAD partner company; may require appliances to be in working order[3][4][1]
  • What it accepts: Refrigerated appliances including refrigerators, freezers, dehumidifiers, and window air conditioners[1]
  • Find out more

The Salvation Army

  • Fees: None[2]
  • Requirements: Must schedule a pick-up online or call (800) 728-7825[2]
  • What it accepts: Varies by location but may include air conditioners, washing machines, dryers, stoves, freezers, heaters, microwaves, and refrigerators[5]
  • Find out more

Habitat for Humanity ReStores

  • Fees: None[6]
  • Requirements: Must be in usable, working order[6]
  • What it accepts: Varies by store;[7] usually includes refrigerators, washers, dryers, freezers, stoves, and air conditioners[6]
  • Find out more

St. Vincent de Paul

  • Fees: None[8][9]
  • Requirements: Items generally shouldn’t be in need of repair[8][9]
  • What it accepts: Varies at the discretion of the individual location, but typically refrigerators, freezers, ranges, washers, and dryers less than 10 years old[8][9]
  • Find out more

Goodwill

  • Fees: None[10]
  • Requirements: Haul-away availability varies by location;[11] some locations may require the appliances to be in working condition[10]
  • What it accepts: Varies by location but typically includes refrigerators, dishwashers, washers, dryers, and stoves[10]
  • Find out more

Vietnam Veterans of America

  • Fees: None[12]
  • Requirements: Must place your donation outside and mark it for “VVA” or “Vietnam Veterans of America”[13]
  • What it accepts: Small appliances[14]
  • Find out more

AMVETS

  • Fees: None[15]
  • Requirements: Must live in Maryland, northern Virginia, Delaware, Texas, Oklahoma, or Washington, DC to schedule a donation online[16]
  • What it accepts: Small appliances[16]
  • Find out more

Costco

  • Fees: None, but requires a new appliance purchase[17]
  • Requirements: Requires one-to-one replacement with a new appliance purchase from Costco[17]
  • What it accepts: Most appliances except commercial-grade and installed products[17]
  • Find out more

Lowe’s

  • Fees: Included with the delivery of a new appliance for Lowe’s Pro customers[18]
  • Requirements: Must be a Lowe’s Pro customer and purchase a new appliance of the same type with local delivery services[18]
  • What it accepts: Most home appliances, including refrigerators, dishwashers, ranges, washers, and dryers[18]
  • Find out more

Alternatives

Paid Options

The following companies will haul away your old appliances for a fee:

1-800-GOT-JUNK

  • Fees: Vary based on how much space your item(s) take up in the truck; you’ll receive a free estimate before scheduling pick-up[19]
  • Requirements: Items must be non-hazardous and able to be lifted by two people[20]
  • What it accepts: All home appliances[20]
  • Find out more

Best Buy

  • Fees: About $25 with the purchase of a new appliance or $100 without a new purchase[21]
  • Requirements: Must buy a new product delivered by Geek Squad or Best Buy Home Delivery[21]
  • What it accepts: Cooktops, dishwashers, dryers, freezers, ice makers, microwaves, stoves, refrigerators, wall ovens, and washers[21]
  • Find out more

Sears

  • Fees: Vary by location[22]
  • Requirements: Must purchase a new appliance of a similar type and prepare the old item for pick-up before your scheduled delivery[22]
  • What it accepts: Most home appliances; excludes installed and commercial-grade appliances[22]
  • Find out more

The Home Depot

  • Fees: Vary depending on the details of your order; you’ll find your fee when you opt-in for haul-away at checkout[23][24]
  • Requirements: Must purchase a new appliance with home delivery[23]
  • What it accepts: Most freestanding appliances; doesn’t haul away built-in or commercial units[23]
  • Find out more

Local Options

In addition to the nationwide options listed above, you might want to find a local business that buys appliances, sell the metal components for scrap, or list your appliances on peer-to-peer marketplaces like Craigslist, eBay, and the Facebook Marketplace. Find more information about these options in our research on how to sell used appliances.

  1. https://www.epa.gov/rad/consumers[][][][]
  2. https://satruck.org/[][][]
  3. https://www.pplelectricsavings.com/appliance/recycling[][]
  4. https://newlook.dteenergy.com/wps/wcm/connect/dte-web/home/save-money-energy/residential/rebates-and-offers/recycle-appliances[][]
  5. https://satruck.org/Home/DonationValueGuide#appliances[]
  6. Habitat for Humanity ReStore store customer service representatives[][][]
  7. https://www.habitat.org/stories/does-habitat-offer-furniture-donation-pickup[]
  8. https://www.svdp.us/what-we-do/retail-thrift-stores/what-can-i-donate/[][][]
  9. https://svdpdetroit.org/donate/clothing-and-furniture/[][][]
  10. Goodwill store customer service representatives[][][]
  11. https://www.goodwill.org/faqs/#d2[]
  12. Vietnam Veterans of America customer service (800) 775-8387[]
  13. https://vva.org/pickup-locations/michigan/[]
  14. https://vva.org/donate/[]
  15. AMVETS customer service via email at info@amvetspickup.org[]
  16. https://www.amvetspickup.org/pickups/[][]
  17. https://customerservice.costco.com/app/answers/detail_l/a_id/9831/#7[][][]
  18. https://www.lowes.com/l/appliance-delivery-haulaway.html[][][]
  19. https://www.1800gotjunk.com/us_en/how-our-pricing-works[]
  20. https://www.1800gotjunk.com/us_en/what-we-take/what_we_take[][]
  21. https://www.bestbuy.com/site/recycling/tv-appliances-haul-away/pcmcat174900050009.c?id=pcmcat174900050009[][][]
  22. https://www.sears.com/en_us/customer-service/shipping-delivery-returns/delivery.html[][][]
  23. https://www.homedepot.com/c/Appliance_Delivery_Installation[][][]
  24. The Home Depot customer service (877) 946-9843[]