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what to do with an old washing machine

I'm about to get a new washing machine from Galaxus. They only offer to take away the old one if I pay another 200chf on top for the "installation" of the new one.

Anybody know my options ? Can I take it to the SRS 'recycling' place (their website isn't clear) ? Can I dump it in front of any electrical retailer ?

Anyone recommend an online retailer that'll take away the old one for a reasonable cost ?
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Old 24.05.2020, 12:03
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Re: what to do with an old washing machine

I believe it's free to dispose it to the "Ųkihof"
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Old 24.05.2020, 12:19
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Re: what to do with an old washing machine

Thanks.. they're really useful links

I've just found that Nettoshop.ch will take away the old machine for 60chf... so I'll go with them
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Re: what to do with an old washing machine

Do they really take the old machine for 60.- if you don't buy from them???
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Old 24.05.2020, 12:27
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Re: what to do with an old washing machine

No.. they'll take away the old machine if I buy a new one from them (the difference with Galaxus is they only have an all inclusive 'install/take away' optional service... Nettoshop have an install and/or take away service)
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Re: what to do with an old washing machine

The Advance Recycling Fee (vRG) is included in every new electrical appliance that you buy, so disposal of it is always free of charge.

All old appliances can be handed in free of charge at any SWICO or SENS collection point or any electrical retailers, regardless of where you bought the appliance.
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Old 24.05.2020, 12:45
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Re: what to do with an old washing machine

I just took mine to the local decheterie and the guy even lifted it out of my car for me..

easy..
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Ah thanks- perso I'd say 60.- to dismantle, fit new one and take away is money very well spent- your back will thank you. What we did when we bought new fridge recently.
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Ah thanks- perso I'd say 60.- to dismantle, fit new one and take away is money very well spent- your back will thank you. What we did when we bought new fridge recently.
I suspect the Instalation is done by the delivery man, rather than a plumber doing the delivery
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sorry FMF- I don't quite know what you mean? Did I say a plumber would be involved? Although if you pay for deconnection and reconnection and removal- they do send a 'technician' with the driver.
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Old 24.05.2020, 13:59
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sorry FMF- I don't quite know what you mean? Did I say a plumber would be involved? Although if you pay for deconnection and reconnection and removal- they do send a 'technician' with the driver.
Have you forgotten the thread on installing a washing machine? You claimed your 3rd party insurance would not cover a DIY type Instalation only if installed by a plumber with Swiss qualifications.

Since the training would take 5 minutes, I am surprised that a 'technician' would be required in addition to a driver.
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Old 24.05.2020, 14:09
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Re: what to do with an old washing machine

When the delivery guy turns up, offer him 20 francs if he'll take a small detour and leave the old washing machine at the dump... or another electrical retailer.
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Re: what to do with an old washing machine

You are being a bit infantile here FMF... There is a massive difference between disconnecting a machine from a proper installation done by a qualified plumber, and reconnecting a new machine, to said installation - to doing a plumbing installation from scratch. Even with the new fridge, as we paid for deconnection and installation and removal - they did send a 'technician' with the driver- we had to wait an extra few days so a 'technician' was available to be with driver. For insurance/guarantee purposes, I imagine.
As per usual- not asking you to believe me, lol - just saying as it is. Nice day, isn't it?
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Re: what to do with an old washing machine

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Even with the new fridge, as we paid for deconnection and installation and removal - they did send a 'technician' with the driver- we had to wait an extra few days so a 'technician' was available to be with driver. For insurance/guarantee purposes, I imagine.
Not interested in the continued spat about washing machines so Iíll ignore that bit but it does seem rather over the top to send a Ďtechnicianí to install a fridge.
Surely itís just a case of plugging it in? Or was it one of those fancy American style fridges with an ice maker that require connecting to a water supply? I guess they require more technical skills to install.
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Old 24.05.2020, 14:28
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You are being a bit infantile here FMF... There is a massive difference between disconnecting a machine from a proper installation done by a qualified plumber, and reconnecting a new machine, to said installation - to doing a plumbing installation from scratch. Even with the new fridge, as we paid for deconnection and installation and removal - they did send a 'technician' with the driver- we had to wait an extra few days so a 'technician' was available to be with driver. For insurance/guarantee purposes, I imagine.
As per usual- not asking you to believe me, lol - just saying as it is. Nice day, isn't it?
It's actually very easy to install a machine self cutting valve tap, no need to even turn off the water first, done this in the UK, France & Switzerland, never a leak in 40 years. My only household insurance claim in 40 years was a break in on 30 November 2019.
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Re: what to do with an old washing machine

Am I being over optimistic in thinking I'll be able to "install" this myself ? I'm assuming that I'll just 'reconnect' the new machine as per the old machine. (The old machine is 30 years old)
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... but it does seem rather over the top to send a Ďtechnicianí to install a fridge.
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Switzerland is a weird case.

I'm not sure whether people decide that if they can afford to pay someone to do something, there's no reason to do it themselves - be it cleaning, gardening or 'installing' a fridge or they actually feel all these jobs are specialist tasks and they are not qualified to do it?

I suspect as well that some of these jobs are too heavy for the elderly or less strong people.

If a fridge is inbuilt, there is quite a lot involved including removing the old fascia door, unscrewing the fridge from the carcass and so on.

Of course a half-height free-standing one is really a five minute job and one that would be preferable to do ones self so one could give the floor and wall behind it a good clean before sliding in the new one.
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Am I being over optimistic in thinking I'll be able to "install" this myself ? I'm assuming that I'll just 'reconnect' the new machine as per the old machine. (The old machine is 30 years old)
It should be a 5 minute job, the old washer will have disintegrated so clean the connection with wet & dry sandpaper if it's clean looking. A touch of Vaseline on a washer helps to seal the joint, although strictly speaking not necessary. I did wish I had some a couple of weekends ago to fix a leaking garden tap, turns out the mains water pressure is too high at 5 bar.
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Switzerland is a weird case.

I'm not sure whether people decide that if they can afford to pay someone to do something, there's no reason to do it themselves - be it cleaning, gardening or 'installing' a fridge or they actually feel all these jobs are specialist tasks and they are not qualified to do it?

I suspect as well that some of these jobs are too heavy for the elderly or less strong people.

If a fridge is inbuilt, there is quite a lot involved including removing the old fascia door, unscrewing the fridge from the carcass and so on.

Of course a half-height free-standing one is really a five minute job and one that would be preferable to do ones self so one could give the floor and wall behind it a good clean before sliding in the new one.
Oh thatís a good point, I hadnít thought about it being a built in fridge. I was thinking of a free standing one.
It would make sense to have a built in fridge installed, especially for older people.
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Re: what to do with an old washing machine

Our washing machine is set underneath our dryer, so removing the dryer would be necessary in order to replace the washing machine. I don't think I would be able to lift that heavy dryer myself.

We did have our Zug washing machine replaced a year or so ago (paid for by our landlord). It's a digital machine and the technician had to do some 'programming' to the machine before he left. He also installed something on the water inlet, which wasn't there before. I *think* its purpose is to filter the water or something, but not quite sure. Anyways, my point is that it wasn't quite as simple as just unplugging the old device and plugging in the new one.
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