How to Move Your Fridge

How to Move Your Fridge

When you are moving, you have a choice to either move your kitchen appliances with you or leave them behind. While many people want to bring appliances along with them, it may be stressful to think about packing and loading something as large and cumbersome as a fridge. However, Bekins Moving Solutions knows that preparation is key to a successful move. As long as you have the right equipment, some extra help, and the time, moving the fridge might be a little easier than you thought! Here are a few tips on how to move your fridge. If you would like some assistance, call the professionals to assist you!

Have the Right Supplies Handy

To move the fridge, you will need a few key supplies. You will want to get these supplies in advance, so you are prepared before your moving day. You’ll need:

  • Moving dolly
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Moving straps or rope
  • Moving blankets
  • Heavy-duty packing tape and scissors
  • Marker and labels

Preparing the Fridge for a Move

Once you’ve gathered all your supplies, it is time to prepare the fridge for your move. The first thing you’ll want to do is clear out all the contents, including the stuff in the freezer. If you are taking any of the food with you, pack it up in a cooler and make sure you have plenty of ice handy. Wipe down the inside of the fridge with a multi-purpose cleaner or damp sponge. Unplug the refrigerator and let the freezer defrost for about eight hours. Overnight is best. Once the freezer has defrosted, wipe down the inside again and remove all the shelves and loose items or tape them, so they are secure. Before moving the fridge, secure the doors with the moving straps.

Moving the Fridge

Using the right equipment is essential when moving something as heavy as a fridge. You will want to use a dolly so that you can easily move the appliance from one location to another without hurting yourself or others. The dolly will be especially useful if you need to negotiate stairs or ramps.  The best way to get the fridge out of your home is to slide it onto the dolly, away from the wall. Move the dolly underneath as you slide the fridge out. If you feel the fridge might fall off, secure it to the dolly with moving straps. This is a good time to get a few helping hands. If you are moving down steps, move the refrigerator bottom first down the stairs.

Getting the Fridge Inside Your New Home

Once you have arrived at your new home, it’s time to get the fridge inside.  Move it just as carefully as you did when you moved it out of your previous home.  When you situate the fridge in your new kitchen, allow it to sit for about two or three hours.  This time allows the fluids to flow back into the compressor, which is essential to the cooling mechanism.  Plug it in and let it run for a couple of days before using it.

Some Additional Refrigerator Moving Tips

One crucial thing to remember when moving a refrigerator is never to lay it on its side!  Keeping the fridge standing upright is best. Doing so prevents oils and other fluids from seeping into the cooling tubes and causing permanent damage. It is also a good idea to read the manual before moving your fridge to ensure you do it right.  And when in doubt, always feel free to call a moving company for advice or services!

For more information about moving a fridge or help with your next move, contact Bekins Moving Solutions. Call (877) 594-1187 today for a free moving estimate.