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How to pack your refrigerator when you are moving

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Refrigerators are some of the heaviest items in your house and are usually very expensive. When it is time to move most people may have concerns about moving it and having it work when they start it up again. We would like to provide you with some tips to help your fridge moving as easy as possible. You will need a dolly for moving the appliance and make sure to have another person there to help. Moving your fridge is easy, but it is important that you do it correctly, so you don’t damage the appliance.


Start by emptying it out

Before you can load your fridge into the moving truck, you have to make sure it is empty. This will not only help reduce the weight inside but will also keep things from breaking and spoiling. All perishables must be used, given away or discarded. Remove the shelves and drawers and pack them separately, you can secure them with tape if you want to make sure they don’t shift during transit.


Cleaning the fridge

Make sure the fridge is dry before moving it so that there is no water which might damage your other belongings or the floor in your current home. Make sure you unplug the power cord and disconnect the ice maker water line. Loosely coil the cords and tape them to the fridge to keep them secure. Defrost the ice by either waiting for the ice to melt, or you can use a heat source such as a hair dryer or hot water, doesn’t matter how you do it make sure that you soak up the water with towels. Once the fridge is empty and defrosted, the next step is to clean it. This will help to remove any odors and make sure that your refrigerator is ready to go once you place it in your new kitchen.


Prepare and secure

Tie Straps or bungee cords around the fridge to keep its doors from opening, Slightly lift the bottom of the refrigerator and slide the dolly under it. Secure the refrigerator to the dolly with straps to keep it from shifting. Tilt the refrigerator dolly and carefully push it to the truck and up the loading ramp. Secure the fridge inside while leaving it attached to the dolly. Avoid storing your fridge on its back or side as this can cause it to malfunction if you can not transport it upright consult your owner’s manual.


Storing or setting up after moving

If you are planning to store it, make sure it is completely dry and as clean as possible. Otherwise, you might encounter mold and some strong smells when you put it into your new house. Make sure you store it upright, remove the doors or at the very least prop them open to let the air circulate. Cover your fridge with a sheet or blanket to keep it clean and protect it from scratches. You can put an open box of baking soda inside to help control the smell.

When you move it into your new home, it goes pretty much the same as when you were packing it. Once you have it where you want it, make sure you let it sit for an hour before you plug it in, Your manufacturer’s guide should give you the time for your model. Wait until the fridge is cool before putting food inside, for most refrigerators, this is 24 hours after they have been plugged in.