Does your business use equipment powered by one or more transformers? Then you probably know that your transformers will need to be replaced over time, which leaves the question of what to do with the old ones. If your company wants to be as green as possible, it would be to your benefit to seek out a local firm that offers transformer recycling services. Many of these services will actually offer you a payout for your old transformers, depending on what the device is crafted from. Here are some tips to keep in mind if you'd like to try and maximize your payout from transformer recycling.
Completely Detach the Transformer from Other Appliances
This might seem like common sense, but you should make sure you completely unscrew your transformer from whatever appliance or device it is attached to. You might think that it's fine to leave the appliance and transformer connected if you will be recycling both items, but most transformer recycling services specialize in only those devices and won't want to take the appliance or other device off your hands.
Grab a Magnet
Next comes the question of figuring out which metals or materials your transformer is crafted from. The outside of the transformer likely has at least some steel. You can quickly figure out which panels are steel by using a magnet. Any surface the magnet clings to is likely recyclable.
Separate the Aluminum From the Copper
Once you move inside the transformer, you will likely see lots of wires, some of which may be covered or coated so you can't actually tell which metal they are crafted from. Grab a wire stripper or metal file and gently pull back on some of these covers. If you see silver, the wire is most likely crafted from aluminum. If you see a reddish tone, you are most likely working with copper. To maximize your payout, separate the copper from the aluminum from the steel and present each of these metals separately to the recycling service.
Some transformer recycling services understand that it can be a hassle to strip the transformer of metal yourself and will offer to do it for you. But this usually involves a fee that will be deducted from your final payout. Still, it might be worth the investment if you just don't want to deal with the hassle.
Learn more about the process by contacting transformer recycling services.