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Question DetailsAsked on 10/2/2014

What is the cost to dispose of an air conditioner coil?

I was charged a $75 disposal fee for an air conditioner coil that had to be replaced

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That seems strange, we sell our old coils for the scrap metal. Are you located in a large city, where the AC contractor may have no space to store the old coils?


Answered 6 years ago by BayAreaAC


This is a nasty trend that has been accelerating - taking lessons from the $*&%^@# airlines, I guess - though I guess car mechanics adding on "hazardous waste disposal fees" and "shop supplies" charges actually predates that. I have seen invoices where plumbers and electricians charged for disposal of copper wire and piping and lead shower pans they removed (which they can get about $1.50-2.70 a pound for at a scrap yard for copper, $0.70 or so for lead, $0.17/lb or so for steel), siding contractors charging to dispose of aluminum or steel siding which they get money for as scrap, driveway contractors charging to remove asphalt or concrete that they get paid more for recycling at the asphalt plant than it costs to transport, etc.

Legitimate hazardous waste like asbestos and lead paint cleanup waste and such I can see charging separately for, as well as for disposal of true "waste" like demolition debris and carpeting and roofing tearoff debris and such, and items like flourescent bulbs and freon-containing appliances where there are extra landfill charges for disposal, but not for things a normal contractor who tears out a lot of it can make money on at a metal salvage yard.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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