How To Properly Move a Refrigerator

Moving to a new living space can come with an array of frustrations, and dealing with heavy appliances will likely being your biggest obstacle to overcome. Refrigerators can be especially difficult to move based on their sheer size and weight. If you’re looking to move and don’t have the help of a professional moving company, fear not! We’re here to help. Here are some tips on how to properly move your most used (and largest!) home appliance:

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  1. Remove all items: Remove everything from the inside of your refrigerator and freezer, including all food and contents of the unit. Don’t forget exterior items like magnets and notices as well!
  2. Defrost: After everything has been removed, unplug it from the wall and allow all of the ice in the freezer to melt. A good time to do this would be overnight, as it can take hours. Make sure to tape the power cord to the side of the unit to avoid tripping during the moving process.
  3. Clean it: Now that your refrigerator has been defrosted, dry the inside thoroughly with a towel. Once it’s dry, make sure to wipe it down with a cleaner to prevent mold, mildew and odors forming during the move.
  4. Secure the doors: Use bungee cords or rope to secure the doors and make sure they don’t move during the process. Its very important not to skip this step to avoid any injury from occurring.
  5. Load it onto a dolly: Slide the dolly right underneath the base and make sure the back of the dolly is firmly pressed against the refrigerator– then, tie it in place with moving straps.
  6. Load it onto the truck: Once the refrigerator is securely positioned on the dolly, tip it back and begin making your way to the truck with one person in back and one person in front helping to guide the process. Always move forward, or opposite the position that the refrigerator is tilted, to maintain optimal safety. It is important that the refrigerator stays upright so that oil from the compressor does not mix with the coolant.
  7. Unload it: Use the same steps you took to get your refrigerator onto the truck, to unload it. Plug it in immediately and give it at least a full 24 hours to cool to a sufficient temperature before putting any perishable food in it. Enjoy your new home and give yourself a high five, because this was no easy feat!

Now that your in your new house and can use your refrigerator, keep an eye out for an problems or signs that a repair is necessary. Should you run into any trouble let the experts at Speedy Subzero help! We guarantee one-hour service to Nassau County, Suffolk County, and New York City. To schedule your appointment with one of our licensed technicians, give us a call at 866-782-9376 today!

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