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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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