When most people think about moving, they think about packing loose goods and moving furniture. They don’t typically give a lot of thought to moving their appliances because, well, people don’t typically give a lot of thought to appliances anyway. That’s changing, especially when it comes to moving your refrigerator.
Today’s appliances are more expensive and more intricate than ever. From stainless steel to nickel, from six burner stoves to refrigerators that tell you when you’re out of milk, appliances do more than ever before and more and more people want to take them to their new homes.
Here’s what to watch out for when moving your refrigerator
Moving appliances can be a bit tricky. If you have a gas range and a gas dryer, you’ll want to have a plumber disconnect them before you do anything.
This piece of advice sounds obvious, but you’d be amazed at how many people don’t empty their refrigerators before the move. Even the tiniest plastic bottle of mustard rattling around on the inside can cause serious damage. You also want to remove any magnets from the outside.
Remove all the shelves and drawers and wrap them in packing blankets. Be sure to label everything.
That’s self explanatory.
Unplug the water line and drain it
If your refrigerator has an ice maker or a water dispenser, there is a thin copper pipe at the back. Unscrew it and drain the contents into a bucket. You may need to remove the door to get to the ice maker, but that will also need to be drained.
Defrost the freezer
If you have the type of freezer that collects frost, defrost it before the move.
Secure the doors
Wrap blankets around the entire refrigerator and then tape around the blanket. Taping around the blanket will save you the nightmare of having to remove tape from the refrigerator itself.
If your refrigerator is big or your doorway are narrow, you may need to remove the doors.
Grab a friend and a dolly
Refrigerator moving is a job for at least two. Secure it to the dolly and roll it to the truck. Make sure you have a ramp because lifting it will be very difficult.
Let the refrigerator sit for a few days after the move
Refrigerators take a few days for all of the fluids to settle down and for the temperature to adjust. It could take up to three days.
Featured image via Milden Hall Air Force Base.