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A Step by Step Guide for Moving and Storing a Refrigerator

A Step by Step Guide for Moving and Storing a Refrigerator


While you likely aren’t going to move a refrigerator often, when you do, it is important to do so correctly. Incorrectly moving a refrigerator can result in serious damage occurring to the appliance, and may even result in you needing to replace it. So, what steps should you take when moving and storing a refrigerator? Find out below!

Moving a Refrigerator in 6 Easy to Follow Steps

  • Step 1: Clear out the fridge- If you know ahead of time that you will need to move or store your fridge, start clearing out your fridge early. Try to use up any leftover food and condiments. Clear out any items that may have gone bad.
  • Step 2: Let the refrigerator defrost- Next, unplug the refrigerator and open the doors to let it defrost. When defrosting the fridge, it is important to put towels underneath the appliance to absorb any water. After 30 minutes to an hour, the ice in the refrigerator should start to melt. Once the ice is starting to melt, break it away from the fridge.
  • Step 3: Clean the fridge and freezer- One of the worst mistakes you can make when storing a refrigerator is to not clean it thoroughly. Any leftover food in the fridge can attract pests or form mold or mildew. Remove the shelves and drawers from the refrigerator and was them using hot, soapy water. Next, clean the inside of the fridge and freezer using a sponge, warm water and some dish soap.
  • Step 4: Disconnect the refrigerator- Check the manufacturer approved instructions for information regarding how to disconnect the fridge from the pipes and hoses. Once the pipes and hoses have been disconnected, let them air dry.
  • Step 5: Secure the fridge door shuts- Secure the refrigerator and freezer doors shut using a bungee cord. Never tape the doors shut, because it can leave a residue on the appliance. • Step 6: Use moving straps and a dolly- When moving a refrigerator, always use moving straps and a dolly. This will not only help to prevent damage from occurring to the appliance, it will also help to mitigate any safety concerns.

How to Store a Refrigerator

• Use a climate controlled storage unit: An appliance like a refrigerator is very prone to fluctuations in temperature. Protect your refrigerator by storing it in a temperature controlled storage unit. • Keep the refrigerator vertical: In order to prevent the internal parts of the refrigerator from shifting, make sure the appliance is stored vertical. • Leave the appliance doors open: In order to prevent moisture from getting trapped inside of the appliance, leave the doors open. Shutting the doors to the refrigerator can result in mold, mildew or rust forming.

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