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Thread: A/C Compressors

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    A/C Compressors

    I have three compressors in my yard. Is it worth it to sell them for $3 each. That is what my local yard is paying for them. Just so you know, I have two compressors from a/c units and one from a small refrigerator. Thanks for your feedback.



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    Are these from large, central A/C units or window units?

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    Window units

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    Weigh them and multiply that by what they pay for steel. You will find they are worth more as steel. So as they won't take them as steel till you cut them open you might as well open them up and get the copper out of them. A window unit compressor will have about 3 pounds of copper.

    I see people ask about the oil in them, like what to do with it. I save it for cooling my blade while using a sawzall to cut steel.

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    I just was able to cut open my first compressor yesterday! And there is a lot of copper in there! The motor part its wound around is part steel part cast!

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    way to go attitude !!

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    I'm sooo excited Dee! It took 3 sawzall batteries to get it done but I didnt want to invest in a side grinder until I was sure what was in them and if it was worth investing for that!!

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    So I imagine it would be worth it to cut open the huge compressor I have from a central AC unit?

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    It's been four or five months since I sold any. But the last time was 26 cents per pound for compressors. That was at a place that specialized more in cats, batteries, elec motors ect. The local yards won't pay that.

    If you're motivated, cut them up and see what you get. I personally don't do it because I get more than shreddable price for them.

    Edit for above post. I took one in out of a large central A/C unit several months ago. Weighed about 65lb and got about $17 out of it. It will definitely pay more to cut it, but you have to think about how much more. What is your time worth and what you might break doing it.
    Last edited by 01GTB; 07-22-2011 at 12:03 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thrsxs View Post
    So I imagine it would be worth it to cut open the huge compressor I have from a central AC unit?
    The big compressors like the Copeland brand has about 5 to 8 pounds of copper in them. I just cleaned 9 compressors last week and ended up with 75 pounds of copper. There may have been a few motors in there also. But it was some nice bonus money!

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