Just because it does not work for you any longer does not mean it will not work for someone else. Even if the appliance is not technically in working order, someone else could benefit from it if you donate it. You would be surprised how many families are in need of decent appliances, even if they have to be repaired. In many cases, the organizations that accept these appliances have volunteers that can fix them. And if they cannot be fixed, they can be scrapped and the money can be used to help these families in other ways.
Where to Donate Appliances
There are numerous agencies that will accept older appliances. Some will only take them if they are in good working order, while others, as noted above, will come and check it out to see if they can fix it first. Most of these companies have crews that will come and pick them up if you are willing to donate them.
In all likelihood, your local church will know what families in the community are hurting and could use a new dishwasher or fridge. Talk to the local pastor and see what you need to do to donate your appliances.
This is always a great bet if the appliance is still in good working order.
Goodwill makes it very easy to donate to the organizations but they are not taking larger appliances right now. You can donate your smaller appliances, but even if you have a larger appliance, you may still want to reach out to them. It is all but certain that someone has inquired with them, and perhaps you can work something out with the individuals who were hoping to get an appliance via this agency.
Habitat for Humanity
This agency offers a ReStore option for donations that can help communities all around the world. They generally offer free pickup for donations.
My personal favorite charity simply because they do it all the right way. Your donations are generally tax deductible and they will usually offer free pickup, however, that is not the case at all locations. So, you will want to call to see if they offer this service or if they have a drop-off location where you can leave the appliance.