An average lifespan of an HVAC system is normally around the 10 to 15 year mark. When it comes time for you to buy a new system, you will need to think of how to dispose of your old one. Many times, the installers of your new system will take the old one off your hands. This is a question you should ask while making your new purchase.
However, if this is not a service they offer, then disposal will become your issue. Disposal is not as easy as one may think, depending on where you live, there can be state or federal regulations on how to discard of an HVAC unit. Your local sanitation department will be able to instruct you on what to do. In fact, they may be able to recommend a recycling company that will voluntarily pick up your unit and take it to a drop off location.
Environmentally minded companies offer this service because they want to ensure that items are disposed of through environmentally friendly means. If you choose to dispose of the unit yourself, remember there are parts that a certified technician should do, such as extracting coolant before disposal so that it can be transported to a designated waste site.
After this, choose your drop off site as recommended by your sanitation department, detach hazardous components, load the unit up and drop it off! If your unit still has some life in it, and you are only getting rid of it because you wanted an upgrade, not needed one, enquire about donating it to shelters or other charity’s. There may be a place or person who could use what you no longer want.