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Tips on How to Move & Store Your Refrigerator
September 30, 2018
There’s nothing easy about moving a refrigerator and freezer. They are bulky, dense, awkward to maneuver and very large. But if you are moving into a new home or have recently upgraded appliances, you might have to. Follow these tips for moving your refrigerator and freezer!
How to Move a Refrigerator
Think Ahead with Meals: During the weeks leading up to moving your refrigerator, concentrate on eating the items you already have in your fridge. While you may be able to store some items in a cooler, most of the food will have to be thrown out.
Clean Out the Refrigerator: Before defrosting your fridge, clean it out. Pull out all of the food and beverages still left in your fridge. Once it is empty, wipe down the shelves, walls and drawers with a solution of water and baking soda. Food smells can linger even after the food has been removed, and the solution will help to prevent your refrigerator from stinking.
Defrost the Refrigerator: It is very important that you give your refrigerator enough time to fully defrost. This step is especially important if you’re planning on storing your refrigerator after you move it, because leftover moisture can result in the formation of mold and mildew. Unplug the refrigerator and freezer and place towels on the floor to absorb any moisture that may drip out of the fridge. This process will likely take a few days.
Secure the Doors with a Bungee Cord: Prevent the doors of the refrigerator and freezer from swinging open during the move by securing them shut with a bungee cord or rope. Do not use tape on your refrigerator or freezer, as it can damage the finish.
Use a Dolly: Always use a dolly to move the refrigerator. Not only can moving a refrigerator without a dolly result in injury, it can also damage the appliance. If the refrigerator is moved on its side, it can result in the oil in the compressor flowing into the cooling tubes. This can prevent the refrigerator from cooling.
How to Store a Refrigerator in a Storage Unit
If you are waiting for your new home to close or still want to hold onto your old refrigerator, you may be looking into storage options for your appliance. A storage unit rental will keep your refrigerator and freezer in a safe and secure location until you need it again. Follow these tips when storing a refrigerator:
Keep the Appliance Doors Open: When storing your refrigerator, it is important to keep the doors of the appliance open. Moisture can get trapped inside of your appliance, resulting in the formation of mold and mildew.
Check Up on Your Storage Unit: It is important to check on your storage unit periodically. If there is a problem with your storage unit, it is import