It's no surprise that this post is #1 in our list of most viewed moving tips. Refrigerators are expensive, so moving them the right way is a big, big deal. For Flashback Friday, and to continue the 100th Moving Tip celebration, let's take a look back at Jeremy's advice on moving a refrigerator. Happy Friday!
Moving large items can be tricky if you don't have a game plan from the start. In this U-Pack favorite, a U-Pack Moving Expert explains tips for moving a refrigerator.
Refrigerators are expensive. If you're moving one, you want to make sure you do it right to keep it from getting damaged.
Here are some great tips for moving your refrigerator safely:
Preparing your refrigerator to move
Turn it off. 24 to 48 hours before your move, turn off and unplug the refrigerator according to the refrigerator instructions. (Be especially careful if you have a water/ice dispenser – the water will need to be turned off and the water line disconnected.)
Empty and Clean it. Empty the contents and thoroughly clean and dry the defrosted refrigerator.
Stop the odor. Leave the doors open for several hours after defrosting to avoid mildew and a musty odor (you might even put an open box of baking soda inside to help with odors).
Pack the pieces. Remove shelves, bins and any other loose parts, wrap any glass or fragile pieces with bubble wrap and pack them separately.
Secure for moving. Tape the doors shut, tape the cords to the back with packing tape and remove the toe board.
Avoid laying the refrigerator on its side. When the refrigerator is on its side, the oil in the compressor can flow into the cooling lines. Then, when you turn it upright, the oil may not completely drain from the cooling lines and keep the refrigerator from cooling. Not good!