Is Your Refrigerator Moving? Tips on How to Move Your Fridge

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Moving appliances is the heavy lifting part of any move. Some appliances are cut and dried, but the fridge is one that can cause a lot of problems it is not done properly. Here are some tips for how to prepare and successfully get your old refrigerator into your new home.

Getting Ready to Move

While this might seem like a no brainer, the first step to moving your fridge is to remove all of the items from inside of it. Do not attempt to move it anywhere with food items inside. Once you have all of the food taken out, unplug it and if there is an ice maker detach the water line. Remember, before you detach the water line, turn the water off. Otherwise you will have a mess. If you have an older freezer you may need to give it time to defrost. If you do, remember to add this time to the move. Do not try to move the fridge until it has time to come fully to room temperature.

Next, remove all the shelves and bins from the inside. These could shift around on the inside during the move and break or even cause damage to the refrigerator. Once the shelves are removed wash down the inside with warm water. This is a good chance to get rid of any spills or stains that might have been lingering underneath the shelves or bins.

Next, wrap up the shelving and bins with bubble wrap to prevent breakage and store them separately. Do not put them back inside the fridge unattached. Again, this could cause damage. Carry them separately or pack them into their own box.

Finally, secure the doors. If you have door handles, use a rope to tie them together. While you might be tempted to use packing tape, remember that the doors are heavy and the tape might not be able to hold them.

Time to Move

Now that you are prepared it is time to move. Never try to move a refrigerator by yourself. Always have at least one person to help you. If you have access to a dolly or better yet an appliance dolly, you will want to use that for the move.

An important thing to remember, never turn a refrigerator on its side. If you do that, the coolant can leak out of the fridge or if there is oil in the compressor this could spill out as well. Either of these things can cause damage once you try to use it again.

Carefully lift and slide the fridge on to the dolly and then use the straps on the dolly to secure it in place. Us the dolly to maneuver the fridge to the truck you are going to be moving it on, and remember, try to keep the fridge upright.

As always, moves are made easier by professionals. Pioneer Moving are expert Kamloops movers who can assist or move heavy appliances for you. Contact us today!

More Information

If you would like to see other packing tips please see our Moving Tips page or stop by today. We would love to be a positive part of your moving experience.

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