The gas is UNDER PRESSURE!!! After the gas is
released, finish cuting through the lines, (two per unit) and carefully
remove the compressor from the unit. <<
Make darn sure no one from the EPA sees you do this! And don't tell anyone
you did it either.
It's illegal to vent CFC based gases used in older refrigaration equipment
into the atmosphere. If you were in the refrigeration service business,
getting caught venting refrigaration gas would result in a heavy fine &
loss of you business license.
I'm not an earth 1st'er, but I don't want to see any one get fined for
doing something that more than likely does no harm anyway.