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Important Steps for Moving and Storing a Refrigerator in Storage

Just store It | Jul 13, 2019

The refrigerator is one of the most expensive appliances in the household. Unfortunately, it is also one of the largest and most difficult to move. Are you planning on moving and storing your refrigerator? If you are, it is essential to do it correctly in order to prevent damage from occurring to the appliance. Interested in learning more? Read below!

A Step-by-Step Guide for Moving a Refrigerator

  1. Remove all food and drinks from the refrigerator- If you know ahead of time that you will be moving your refrigerator, try to get through as much of the food and beverages before your move. The less you have in your refrigerator and freezer, the easier it will be to clear out. If you’re looking for inspiration on how to create meals with odds and ends leftover in the refrigerator or freezer, try searching online.
  2. Clear out the ice tray- In order to prevent too much water from leaking out of your freezer, use the back end of a spoon to break up any frozen ice and clear it out of the appliance.
  3. Give the appliance time to defrost- Next, unplug the refrigerator and open the appliance doors. Protect your floors from getting damaged by placing towels underneath the refrigerator and freezer to catch any water that comes out of the appliance.
  4. Thoroughly clean the appliance- Before moving and storing your appliance, it is essential to clean it out thoroughly. Any crumbs, food or lingering food smells leftover in your refrigerator and freezer can not only cause mold and mildew to form, it can also attract pests.
  5. Keep the appliance doors closed during the move- In order to prevent your appliance from getting scratched, dinged or damaged, it is important to secure the refrigerator and freezer doors shut. Never use tape to keep the doors together, as this can permanently mark up the appliance doors.
  6. Ask for help- When moving an appliance as large, bulky and expensive as a refrigerator, always ask for help from a family member or friend. Depending on your experience, this is a job for at least two to three people.
  7. Always use moving straps and a dolly- When moving a heavy appliance like a refrigerator, it is essential to use moving straps and a dolly. This will not only help to make the appliance more secure during the move, it will also help to reduce the chance of injury.

2 Essential Steps for Storing a Refrigerator in Storage

Are you planning on storing your refrigerator short-term or long-term? If so, read these appliance storage tips.

  1. Always use a climate controlled storage unit- Never store an expensive item like a refrigerator in a traditional storage unit. A traditional storage unit is prone to fluctuations in temperature, which can cause the internal parts of the appliance to crack and rust. A climate controlled storage unit will help to protect the refrigerator and freezer from any dangerous fluctuations in temperature.
  2. Never close the appliance doors- While it may be tempting to secure the refrigerator and freezer doors shut to conserve space in your storage unit, it is important to never do so. Closing the appliance doors will prevent moisture from being able to escape from the appliance, which can result in the formation of mold and mildew.

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