Where to Find Gold and Platinum in Air Conditioners and Air Conditioning Systems

“I’ve got a stack of old air conditioners,” a caller told us recently. “They contain precious metals that you can extract and recycle for me, right?”

Yes, right indeed! Both window units and larger AC systems that are installed in homes and commercial buildings generally contain gold, platinum and other precious metals that we can recycle profitably for you.

Here are some places to look.

You Will Find Platinum and Other Precious Metals in Thermocouples

Thermocouples and thermocouple wire are used in air conditioners to monitor and control temperatures remotely. They can contain palladium, platinum, rhodium, gold, and tungsten alloys. Look for them especially in commercial central air conditioning systems. One place to look? The long wires that connect thermostats to central air conditioning systems.

Thermocouples of all kinds have the potential to be recycled very profitably.

Gold Is Contained in Circuit Boards

Air conditioners of all kinds use circuit boards that contain recyclable gold. It is found on the contact “fingers” on the edges of large printed circuit boards. But all the circuit boards that are used in air conditioners contain small amounts of gold too . . .

  • ·In control panels and individual thermostats that are used in commercial and industrial systems.

  • In front-panel displays and the controls that are used in both window and through-the-wall air conditioning units.

  • In the remote devices that are used to control window air conditioners, hotel-room systems, and more.

The more of these items you have, the more gold you have that can be recycled. If you have used air-conditioning systems or units on hand, call Specialty Metals Smelters and Refiners at 800-426-2344. We are here to help you turn them into dollars.  

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