Does A Radiator Have Scrap Value?

  • Did you know that your old radiator likely has some value as scrap?
  • Use our guide to estimate your scrap value and find a local scrap merchant.
scrap radiators in a heap

About to throw out your old radiator or have the local scrap man pick it up to take it away for you? Stop. Your radiator may very well be worth a little cash, even if it is completely broken and doesn’t function anymore.

Radiators are usually made of aluminium, steel (either mild steel or stainless steel), or cast iron. These are the four main metals that you’ll find modern radiators being made out of. Most businesses that buy scrap metal will deal with at least one of these metals.

How to sell your scrap radiator

Selling your old radiator for scrap is going to take some time. To start, you will need to search for local scrapyards or scrap businesses near you. This can be a simple Google search, or any other search engine.

The easiest way to start your search is to use a long keyword like “scrap metal prices” and then tack your city or town onto the end before hitting enter. This will bring up a few different results, from companies that will pay for your scrap metal, to others that will recycle it for you.

You’ll know you’ve found a serious business to sell to when you can see a price list on their website. Businesses that do not list prices can become a waste of time because you end up calling them trying to get the information over the phone. Listed prices are there in black and white for you to see.

Once you’ve found a local business to sell to and you’re happy with the prices that they’re offering, the next step is to give them a call. Most of these companies will prefer it if you come to them with your scrap metal – which is, in our opinion, the better option.

By going to a company with your scrap, you can get your items weighed there and then, get a fixed price, and walk out with your cash.

Some companies offer scrap metal pick-ups, but it’s not like they can weigh the metal outside your home, so this option can slow the process down.

wellies and gloves drying next to a radiator
Drying out winter boots and accessories on a warm radiator.

How to get the best deal

Before you go ahead and sell your radiator by itself, take a look at the piping that feeds into it. It’s likely that you’ve got some copper piping that you may or may not be replacing, too. Copper pipes, like old radiators, can be sold for scrap.

Once you are sure that you have all of the scrap that you don’t need, go ahead and start pricing everything up using the price lists from the websites of companies near you. It’s always better to try and sell your scrap locally, otherwise you’ll be paying out for travel costs.

Compare a few different local scrap businesses before choosing which one you are going to sell to. Most of these businesses will offering varying rates and it is important to get the best deal for the scrap that you have.

If you’re not in any rush to sell your scrap, you should be aware that the fluctuation in metal prices is a benchmark that is largely set by the London Metal Exchange. Metal traded through this service is the reason that metal prices change each day, and many companies rely on these figures.

Although, most small, independent or local businesses will try to keep a set rate throughout the year, rather than constantly changing the amount they offer for various scrap metals.

Which metals are worth selling for scrap

Of the few different metals that radiators and piping are more likely to be made of, there are a couple that aren’t worth much. Mild steel, heavy steel, and cast iron won’t fetch you much money, and you might end up spending more driving to and from the scrapyard that you’re selling to.

On the other hand, copper and brass have higher paying prices. From our research, the average scrap business will buy brass for the £2 to £2.50 per KG range, while copper varies depending on the type. Heavy copper could get you up to £4 per KG!

Stainless steel isn’t too bad price-wise, but it doesn’t match up to brass or copper. You’ll be lucky to get £1 per KG for your stainless steel scrap items.  To give you something to compare against, cast iron is usually around 10p to 25p per KG.

There’s a fairly big difference between metals, which makes research an excellent thing to do before selling your scrap.

hand resting on top of a radiator
Checking to see if an older radiator has heated up.

Recycling your radiator

In the unfortunate circumstance that your radiator is worth no more than pocket change, it may not be worth the time, effort, or fuel taking it to a nearby scrapyard or scrap business.

That means you’ll need to find another way to rid yourself of any radiators and piping that you have. The next best thing would be to recycle them, because they can’t just be thrown away in your regular household waste.

A good and quick option is to contact your local city or town council. The downside to this option is that they will sometimes charge a removal fee.

Alternatively, you can check social media sales groups or search for local scrap men that will remove and recycle your radiator and its additional parts for you.

Selling your radiator online

Of course, all of this only pertains to old radiators that no longer work. If your old radiator is still functioning, you could consider selling it on or donating it to someone who needs a replacement.

This can be done fairly quickly, by putting up a post in your local selling groups or posting onto Facebook Marketplace, Gumtree, eBay, and the like.

You should only sell on or donate your radiator if you have checked that it’s in good, working condition, and it has been professionally checked and removed from its fittings.

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