Depending on our situation, everyone of us has moved to a new place multiple times. This requires us to pack our cherished belongings. This includes heavy items, like our Refrigerator. The thought of moving your refrigerator can be overwhelming. Where do you start? Here are helpful tips on how to move your refrigerator.
Getting Proper Tools and Equipment To Move Your Refrigerator
- Appliance dolly with straps – This will help to hold up the refrigerator into place and load it into the truck securely.
- Measuring tape – Measuring how big your refrigerator is will dictate how well it will fit through the narrow areas.
- Screwdriver or drill – Sometimes your refrigerator don’t fit through spaces that are available. You can use your screwdriver or drill to disassemble certain areas of your refrigerator, like the door. By doing this, it will help the refrigerator to fit through tight areas.
- Moving blankets – Wrap the moving blankets around the refrigerator. This will prevent the refrigerator from getting damaged and scraping walls or areas that have limited space.
- Rope – It is always good to secure your refrigerator with a rope. This will prevent your refrigerator from getting damaged. This will also prevent you from getting hurt.
- 2 people minimal – It is a safe practice to have 2 people moving the refrigerator. Injuries are limited.
Prepping Your Refrigerator Before Moving
- When disconnecting your Fridge, follow your owner’s manual. If there is a water filter and ice maker in your fridge, you have to disconnect these items in advance. If you are using a moving company, most of them does not perform refrigerator disconnections.
- Unplug your refrigerator. Roll up the cord and tape it in the back of the refrigerator. Unplugging your refrigerator, will allow the freezer to defrost, so it will be easy to remove any frozen content.
- Use a screwdriver or drill to remove your refrigerator door. This is if your owner’s manual requires the door to be removed. Keep all of the screws in a zip lock bag.
- Make sure to get rid of all of the ice in the freezer, by using a hair dryer to melt it. This process will help prevent any water leaks, during the move.
- Empty out all of the contents from your fridge and freezer.
- Sort out what you will throw away and keep.
- Bag or box all of the contents that you are keeping. Store foods in the cooler, so it would be chilled, while you are in the process of moving.
- Try to eat all of your perishable foods, by meal prepping, up to your moving day. This will prevent less packing and grocery shopping.
- After everything is moved out from your fridge and freezer, clean any services, that are necessary, by using a mixture of baking soda and warm water.
- Remove the refrigerator drawers, wash it with dish soap in the sink, and put it in a box or a plastic bag that will fit the item.
- You can add a freshener, into your fridge, to eliminate bad odor.
- Wrap the exterior of your refrigerator with a moving blanket. This will prevent it from getting damaged or dings, during the move.
Moving Your Refrigerator
- Make sure to measure your refrigerator and doorways. This will allow you to create a plan on how to move your refrigerator. Like for instance, if your refrigerator is too big, you might have to remove doors in your home to allow it fit through.
- Removing obstacles, like doors and hinges, to allow easy access for your refrigerator.
- Lift the fridge slightly and slide forward. Strap it onto the dolly. Keep your knees bent and back straight as possible. This will avoid any injuries.
- One person should push the dolly, while the other person guide it. If there are stairs, don’t push the dolly down the stairs. Instead, keep the fridge tilted in a 45 degree angle and pull the dolly towards you.
- When moving your fridge into a truck, use a plank or platform. This will bypass on lifting the fridge into the truck.
- Make sure to secure the fridge with additional ropes and straps. This will prevent the fridge from moving around in the truck.
After Moving Your Refrigerator
- Be sure and wait at least 24 hours before plugging your refrigerator back in.
- The coolant needs time to settle.
- If you plug your refrigerator in before waiting 24 hrs you run the risk of blowing out your compressor pump, and ruining your refrigerator.