Dear PoPville – Where to Sell A/C Window Units?

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“Dear PoPville,

Do you know of a company that will buy used, but good condition window air conditioning units? We got central air installed at the end of the hot season to take advantage of discounts, but now we’re stuck with window units that won’t move on Craigslist, since no one is out to buy one right now. I was hoping there was a local company that would buy them, but can’t find any through googling.”

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  • Why not just donate them? Tax write-off for you, benefit for someone else.

  • I was going to say the same thing. Donate them and the tax write off will probably be as good or not better than the $ you could get. That’s what we did when we put in central air.

  • Call an HVAC company. I know that the company I used this summer, Olympic Aire, lent me a window until until they were able to fix my central AC.

  • Put them outside and call 311 for a bulk trash collection.

  • My neighbor last week put up a sign in our building’s elevator for a bunch of stuff he wanted to sell and the first thing sold was his window A/C unit. You might be asking for too much money (since it is November as you acknowledge) or maybe post something in your neighborhood.

  • Put them in the basement/hidden away somewhere. You will be able to sell it for $75-$200 (depending on size/condition) easy come spring.

    Alternatively, if you can’t wait, cut the price enough. If the price is low enough, I would be happy to come pick it up, put it in my basement, and then sell it for a profit come spring 🙂

    • This is exactly what I did after installing central air last fall. During the heat wave this summer, I got $180 for two window units, sold quickly on Craigslist.

  • Community Forklift off of Rhode Island Ave in Hyattsville takes building supplies and provides a donation form for tax purposes.

    Our address is 4671 Tanglewood Drive, Edmonston MD 20781. We are located inside the Beltway in the Hyattsville area, just a few minutes outside NE DC.

  • This is a helpful thread — I am in a position similar to the OP’s, except with portable A/C units rather than window ones.

  • You could scrap it too if you have a little free time. I wouldn’t scrap it as bulk metal…you’d get maybe $.30-.60 / lb for that. If you take the coil off and seperate all the alluminum into one pile and copper in the rest you can make more $. you could get $2-$4 per /lb of copper and $1-$2 per pound of aluminum then $.60 / lb for whatever is left. That may be more cash than you can make selling it in the fall/winter.

  • Donate them to one of the old folks homes around here…they need them every summer

  • Bulk trash won’t pick up used window unit A/Cs unless you drain the freon first. Not worth the trouble.

    If I were you, I’d stow them away somewhere until spring, then leave them on the street on the first hot day with a note that says “free.” They’ll be scooped up in ten minutes by somebody who can use them, especially if they’re in decent shape.

    • I dont think thats true. It says all liquids must be emptied. Freon, at room temperature, is a gas. Besides, its a chlorofluorocarbon, if it is used in your system, and disposal of CFCs is a highly regulated affair.

  • I’d be interested in buying at least one of them if the price was right (50 bucks or less).

  • All I can tell you is that’s what I was told when I called bulk trash to pick up mine – which is why I left them out front with the “free” sign.

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