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Moving Your Refrigerator

Of all the awkward appliances you own,the refrigerator has to be the most unwieldy and the hardest to move. It's not like the couch that you can just pick up and carry at a moment's notice. But, with some planning and forethought, it can be done effectively. Here's a handy guide in ten steps.

  1. Empty the fridge. This is the easy part. That includes all food, naturally, but also things like ice cube trays and anything that can shift weight during a move.

  2. Remove the shelves and any other removable components like trays and dividers. Tip: wrap them in towels for the move. Anything that moves that you can't remove can be fixed in place with tape.

  3. Unplug the fridge and secure the cord. It's probably best to coil it and tape it firmly in place. If your fridge has an ice maker, you'll need to disconnect the water source. If necessary, defrost the freezer.

  4. Close the doors and secure them tightly shut. Tape may damage the finish, so rope or a tight bungee cord is probably the best way to accomplish this.

  5. Equipment – you will need adolly, stair climber or hand truck and at least one strong helper to get it done safely. The fridge needs to be kept upright if at all possible during the move to avoid leaking the coolant or oil and the right equipment will allow you to negotiate corners, doorways and stairs safely.

  6. The fridge should be securely tied in place as you move so that movement is minimal. The base of the appliance should be big enough to fully support the fridge. Try if at all possible to avoid tipping or tilting the fridge.

  7. If you must move it on its side, try to lay the fridge onto the side opposite to where the tubes come out of the compressor to avoid the oil running up the cooling lines. Try to prop the top part of the fridge so that it is tilted upwards.

  8. If you're negotiating stairs, do them one step at a time. It is best to have at least two people in front and one behind the fridge going down a stairway.

  9. Use a ramp to move the fridge into the truck. Secure it upright in the truck. It's best to keep it in the dolly for the move as it adds stability in transit.

  10. Once you're in the new place, move the fridge directly where it will stay. Let it sit in place for at least three hours before you plug it in to let oils and fluids to flow back into the compressor. This should prevent damage. If you had to move the fridge on its side, increase that time up to the same amount of time that it took to move. Once you plug it in, it can take up to three days for the fridge to reach optimum temperatures.

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