Is cash for appliances a real thing? Yes, it can be. I’ll share how we scored cash for an old refrigerator, plus how YOU can sell used appliances & old appliances for cash (and reclaim that space in your home/garage).

brand new laundry machines in laundry room with text overlay "how to get cash for old appliances"Have you ever thought that you could trade your old appliances for cash? Or wondered, “who buys used appliances near me?”  and “how can I find free appliance removal near me”? I didn’t ever think we could get cash for appliances…until my husband and I purchased our first home and were left with an unpleasant surprise.

I'll share our own story about how we scored money for an old refrigerator, plus how you score money for your appliance (and even if you can't, there are other ways to get rid of your old appliance FAST).

Unpleasant Surprise as New Homeowners – An Old Refrigerator

After moving in, Paul and I thought we had scored the jackpot: the previous owners left their kegerator in the garage for our enjoyment. It had been fashioned out of an old refrigerator, and even bore a painted stencil of the logo from Paul’s favorite football team (the Texans).

Unfortunately for us, it had not been used in such a long time that the product inside the keg was ruined, the tubing was moldy, and the refrigerator itself only worked when it was cranked up on the highest number (9).

In other words, we needed to get rid of our newly found treasure, and seeing how it was an energy-guzzler, we needed to do it as soon as possible.

Getting Rid of Our Appliance for Extra Cash

We did not have a truck at the time so I was very happy to find out that there was a company who was not only willing to come and pick the kegerator up from our home, but would also pay us $25 for doing so!

It was a win-win situation as the kegerator was no longer our headache, we earned $25, and this company could recycle the parts for a profit.

Since scoring this deal, I’ve looked into even more ways to get cash for appliances from we buy appliances places.

How to Get Cash for Your Old Appliances

If you have old appliances you need to get rid of and are looking for some extra cash (who isn't?), there are several ways to do so where you can earn money in the process like we did.

Read below to find out how you can extract value out of your old working or non-working appliances.

  • Donate for a Tax Break: If the appliance is in a usable condition, you can donate it and take a tax deduction (if you itemize your taxes). Some places will pick the item up from you, while others you will need to drop it off. Also, don’t forget to ask for a donation receipt if you plan to take a tax deduction. Appliance donations are accepted at the Salvation ArmyHabitat ReStoresVincent de Paul, and the Goodwill.
  • Sell the Appliance: Once again, if the appliance is still in a usable condition you can sell it on Craigslist or through a local pamphlet/ad for a small amount (depending on the condition and age). This option is good for those that do not have a way to transport the appliance as the person can come and pick it up as part of the transaction. Also call your local used appliance shops and see if they will purchase the appliance from you. You can also check out Shopify, where you can create an online store of things to sell.
  • Sell the Parts: Repair shops may be looking for some of the parts in your appliance. Call around to repair shops and local appliance technicians to see if there is interest. You will probably have to bring the parts in for an appraisal.
  • Scrap the Metal: If the appliance cannot be used or fixed, you can scrap it for the metal. Scrap metal is actually quite lucrative right now; the shop that we use has doubled their paying price from one year ago. Find out how to find cash for scrap metal near me.
  • Recycle (Hassle-Free) for a Reward: If you’re in one of these 18 states, you can get a company to pick up your appliance to recycle, and then you will receive a reward. For example, in Texas, I’m able to get my old *qualifying* refrigerator or freezer picked up AND will receive a $50 check (that’s double what we received before!) for doing so by following instructions on the site. Check to see if there’s a provider in your state!
  • Recycle for a State Rebate Boost: Below, we talk about how to get money for new appliances you’ll be buying. One thing to consider is that some state programs actually give you a bigger rebate on your new appliance purchase if you recycle the old appliance. Keep this in mind!

How to Get Free Appliance Removal Near Me

Sometimes, getting paid is not your top priority. You just need the appliances removed, as quickly as possible, and preferably you want this done for free.

I'm here to tell you that YES, you can get free appliance removal  near where you live!

Some options for you include: 

  • Make a Donation: When I was looking to get free appliance removal near me, I found that some donation places will come and remove the appliance at no cost, while others will not. The Salvation Army will schedule a pick up for appliances such as a Washer, and their requirement is that it be disconnected (you can put in the specific appliance you're trying to get removed for free + your zip code and find out if they'll do it near you, and any requirements they have). With 4,400 locations around the U.S., I found that Vincent de Paul is another great option to get free appliance removal near me (and you!).
  • Call Up Someone Who Scraps Metal: You can find these people by their flyers, asking around, or even calling a scrap yard near you. Since they earn money from your old appliances, they're more likely to remove them for you.
  • Recycle the Appliance through Your New Appliance Purchase: Some companies have programs where if you purchase a new appliance with them, and they install it, they'll remove your old appliance for free. So be sure to ask if that's included in your next appliance purchase.

One More Thing to Consider When You Sell Used Appliances

While we’re on the subject, you’ll want to get any rebates, tax credits, insurance savings, and other savings you can on the new appliances you’re buying to replace the old appliances you’re selling. This will provide energy savings over the long-term for you, as well!

Here are some sources to check before going shopping:

  • EnergyStar.Gov: This site lets you look up rebates for energy efficient products (the ones with the energy star label) by zip code or by product type (refrigerator, dryer, washer, insert appliance here.)
  • Energy.Gov: This site gives you a way to search for appliance tax credits, rebates, and savings according to the state where you live. For my state, there are 7 pages of appliance rebates, tax credits, and savings!
  • Go to the Manufacturer Website: Loyal to one particular appliance manufacturer? Big appliance manufacturers, such as PG&E and GE, list each of their current rebate offers right on their website.
  • Call Your Utility Provider: Some utility companies run programs that give you an incentive (rebate) off new energy-conserving appliances. You’ll want to call ahead of time to find out before making your purchase decisions.
  • Call Your Home Insurance Provider: When you upgrade major new appliances in your home, many home owner insurance companies will provide a discount. This happened to us when we upgraded our central A/C unit, and then again when we upgraded our water heater. It never hurts to ask for the discount!

Pro Tip: Send in for your rebates/tax credits/claims as soon as possible, because some of the programs only give these out until they run out of money. You want to make sure you get yours!

90 replies
  1. Car Negotiation Coach
    Car Negotiation Coach says:

    I feel for your husband…I would have had a hard time getting rid of that treasure no matter the condition. Actually, I just finished my own basement and toyed with the idea of a kegerator…..instead i shopped around for weeks comparing mini-fridge prices and bought one of the cheapest i could find (that would hold the most beer 🙂 ).

    • Adrian
      Adrian says:

      Hi there , I’m looking to get rid of our stainless steel dish washer. Moved into a apartment with all new appliances in the Dallas “uptown” area. I don’t have means of transport

  2. Bank Guru
    Bank Guru says:

    I donate a lot of my appliances… I don’t do it for the tax break but that is a pretty good incentive to do so.

  3. optionsdude
    optionsdude says:

    It sure would be nice to be paid for old appliances. I have an old dead refrigerator in the garage right now. Even a few bucks would be useful.

  4. MoneyIsTheRoot
    MoneyIsTheRoot says:

    I bought my first home last year…and a relative gave me a new washer/dryer. I took the existing washer/dryer and sold it on craigslist for $100. I made a few bucks from something I wouldve thrown away, and I didnt even have to make the effort to move those heavy things to the curb!

  5. Iain from Smart Dividend Growth
    Iain from Smart Dividend Growth says:

    My wife and I ended up buying our first home last year. When we opened the storage locker it looked like the previous tenant forgot to clean it out. At first blush it all looked like junk but after a little cleaning posting a few things on craigslist we were able to come away with a nice $240 profit (not too bad!!).

  6. Marie Lewis
    Marie Lewis says:

    Loved reading the content to bits….Last month I disposed up some of my old appliances in order to buy some fresh ones….You can say I replaced it as it saved me a lot in terms of money.

  7. Simon Halls
    Simon Halls says:

    Not only a great idea to sell old appliances for new ones but also good for the environment. These small sales will add up and the sum total over a period of time is always more than expected.

  8. Joel
    Joel says:

    Hi I buy Appliances in East Houston and Dayton TX.
    Feel free to email me pictures of your unwanted appliances.
    I may be able to take them off your hands and get you some cash. 🙂

  9. Ed Woodyear
    Ed Woodyear says:

    I have a 4 year Amana side-by-side….it has water, ice, crushed ice, on the door. It is white a quite large. I resided in a guest house and has absolutely no blemishes. I just want to get few dollars for it and get it moved.

  10. Debbie Sullins
    Debbie Sullins says:

    I have a Whirlpool double oven that I need to see. It is five years old. I can’t remember how much we paid for it? What would be a good selling price?

    • Amanda
      Amanda says:

      Hi Debbie!

      I do not know. What I would recommend is that you search for that appliance in Craigslist and eBay and see what others are selling it for. Good luck to you!

  11. Brandon Batrin
    Brandon Batrin says:

    I have an old refrigerator and dryer that we no longer use and need to get rid of. Both work but don’t have room or use anymore. Please contact me if this is something that you do. Needs to be picked up in Spring, Tx
    Thank you Brandon Batrin

  12. Ramboy lalwani
    Ramboy lalwani says:

    I wanna get rid of my ref from the house bec. i shifted to a smaller house and wanted to shift my ref into a smaller ref. I hope someone could help me though! thanks!

  13. Ramboy lalwani
    Ramboy lalwani says:

    Hi! my aircon at the house is 1.75 horsepower, its too cold and i shifted too a smaller house with a smaller room, i believe i really want to dispose this aircon, hope anyone would be interested, just pm me though, thanks!

  14. Christina Price
    Christina Price says:

    I have an old electric stove thats not a flat top but just a regular electric stove and the burners work but the oven goes out after a few minutes being on ..I honestly think it the heating element ..but I have been trying to sell it ive tried online and offline yard sales and everything.. I just want it gone but would like some cash if possible there anyone in the tri cities washington that could buy this thing from me.. ive even tried craigslist.. ive tried almost everything.. I just dont have room for it in this tiny house.

  15. Sharon
    Sharon says:

    Instead of using craigslist which has become overrun by spammers/scammers try using this phone app called OfferUp. Its free to post like craigslist but its specific to selling and buying items only no other ads. Thats what I will use for whatever stuff I can’t sell at my Moving Sale/Yard sale

  16. Martha
    Martha says:

    Hi, I’m doing this for a friend, she has a washer & not working but still looks good on the outside and dishwasher don’t think that works as well, she is kind of hoping a little cash. Thank You

  17. Jack White
    Jack White says:

    I have never thought about using an appliance store to sell my old appliances. I didn’t even know they would even take those things. It does make sense why they would though. The parts that do work could really help others to get there stuff fix.

  18. Rita
    Rita says:

    I have 2 side by side refrigerators for sale. 1 is an ivory color which freezer works but fridge doesn’t cool & 1 black side by side that no longer cools or freezes. Any buyers in the 77044 area (Houston, Texas)?

  19. Pamela vancleave
    Pamela vancleave says:

    I have a gas hot water heater had (switched to elect), a fridge that won’t cool and a washer that needs work. A few bucks would be great

  20. Omo
    Omo says:

    I have three appliances that i will like to disposed off. But I’m getting some bucks for those will be great! Refrigerator-partially working, Micro wave and Dishwasher

  21. Renee
    Renee says:

    Trying to get rid of a washing machine and dryer to make an office for my husband with the extra space.. How do I do this.. I have no clue..

  22. sabeena
    sabeena says:

    I have a set of washer and dryer if someone interested please contact me by email. These are in working condition dryer is front load n washer is top load bigger sizes. I want to make this place as a study room for my children.

  23. lora
    lora says:

    I have a LG dryer that needs a part . I think a heating element . Its been working great but right I am so broke I can’t afford to fix it. So I would like to sell ASAP.

  24. Catriona
    Catriona says:

    I have a GE dryer, a GE washing machine, and a magic chef oven/stove in new york city. Looking for a few dollars for them.



  26. BOB
    BOB says:


    I am the parts supervisor at bob wallace appliance in Huntsville Al. I have acquired a room full of Appliance parts.
    I have them in a spreadsheet format.

    I dont have the time to list them on Ebay or Craigslist.

    We are motivated to sell this as a lot.
    If anyone is interested they can email me at [email protected]

    I can send the spreadsheet if needed as well.

  27. David
    David says:

    Hi, I have 4 top gas range with broiler white and black (Whirlpool), a white side by side Whirlpool refrigerator with Water and Ice dispenser, a Kenmore, Black dishwasher, and a white hood vent single bulb I want to get rid of in a couple weeks. Any reasonable offer accepted.

    If interested, contact me. Would be great units to use in a rental. All work as expected.

    You can contact me via email.

  28. Gokhan Degirmenci
    Gokhan Degirmenci says:

    Hi, I just found this blog and love it, good job! I am an experienced reseller and not real familiar with appliances. Like you, I have specialized in unique markets but there is always a learning curve with anything new as far as pricing goes. How do you set your buying/resale price on different appliances. I’m sure you have mastered this through tons of trial and error/experience. I haven’t explored your entire blog yet, but you mentioned above you would discuss this. Feel free to email me any tips/advice as well.

  29. Pasquale (Pat) Demilio
    Pasquale (Pat) Demilio says:

    In 2012 I purchased an Electric Range (30″ -white color. Made in USA) from Allentown Appliance. for $269.99. In 2013 I had major renovations done and the range was replaced. Since then, for 3 years the range has been stored in my garage. My question is: will you purchase the Range (at a reasonable
    depreciated value having been used only one year) ?.

    Pat Demilio

  30. Len
    Len says:

    I have 5 refrigerator less than 5 years old . I have 6 stoves very good condition. All where in apt rental recently. Landlord updates all new appliance. Left all old one in my garage to sell . I will sell all for dirt cheap if can be pick up. 100 for all. My contact 503 839-2367 Morgan I live Vancouver. Near 205 highway . thanks

  31. dee wilson
    dee wilson says:

    I live in Dallas texas and I have a dryer that I just took out of my storage. New apt comes with apt. top and bottom washer and dryer. I have a white roper dryer that works great. It gets so hot that you won’t believe it. The bad side is that the top has some rust stains on it. I have a cloth over it and you can not tell. You can make me an offer because right now it is sitting in my living room with pictures on top being used as a stand of sorts! Please lets help each other out. I could use some cash to help me out and the extra space back would be nice.

  32. maureen a swartz
    maureen a swartz says:

    I have a refregator that i need to sell it is less than 2 years old a..I am moving and can not take it with me .Could use the money.Ican not bring it to you .You would need to pick it up by the 3 of the month in SEPTEMBER that is when iam moving.If you are intrested please call me at 727-288-1660 i live in Seminole FLA.Thankyou

  33. theresa burnett
    theresa burnett says:

    i have 2 icebox a freezer treadmill for free i have a lane hope chest 30 yrs old 50.00, dryer 50.00 tv stand 50.00 wedding dress 100.00 coffee table brand new 100.00 30 yr old stereo that works am/fm radio plays 33, 78 and albums console 50.00
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    ERIC BOWLIN says:

    Wow! Something so similar happened to us when we bought our first home. Actually it was for a space heater in the living room. It didn’t even work when we got there and had no heat!

  35. Expert CostSeg
    Expert CostSeg says:

    Pay the store to take them. When you buy a new appliance, you can usually pay the delivery guys a nominal fee. Good read. Cheers!

  36. Mike Walker
    Mike Walker says:

    I have a few items that I want to get rid of who can I contact to come pick them up and still get some cash for them


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