HVAC End-of-Life: Options and Best Practices

Research output: NRELFact Sheet


When heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems reach end-of-life status, building owners typically seek the quickest, most cost-effective replacement. Although there are several rooftop unit (RTU) replacement tool kits and programs to guide clients through this process, there is limited information on how to handle end-of-life HVAC systems. This fact sheet provides relevant information to help building owners manage proper disposal of HVAC systems, how to navigate regulations, and how to recover economic value from old systems.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages2
StatePublished - 2020

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/FS-5500-78425


  • and air-conditioning
  • end-of-life
  • heating
  • HVAC
  • recycling
  • rooftop unit
  • RTU
  • ventilating


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