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One of the most important, expensive, and heavy appliances at one’s home is usually a refrigerator. Relocation is a highly complex task and is even more backbreaking when moving your refrigerator. It is always better to appoint experts for managing the job of moving your fridge from one place to another. Yet if you prefer self-service, you are always welcome. Make sure you have enough manpower (at least two people) with you. All you need is to be technically correct for a safe and secure relocation.
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furniture, appliances are meant to perform a certain task at your home.
Especially when it comes to packing your expensive refrigerator, which remains
functioning 24 hours, you must provide extra care. Make your refrigerator ready
for packing well in advance.
Let us begin with the steps of moving a Refrigerator:
All you need
to do is consume the perishable food items. Plan one week before and decide
your daily menu accordingly. All the edibles should be consumed one day before
packing the fridge. Finish all the condiments as well.
It is always
better to remove all the removable components rather than secure them inside.
Before cleaning the fridge, remove all shelves, trays, organizers, dividers,
etc. This will help you to clean the inside of your fridge easily.
once you the done, wash those components with soap water. If you find it
difficult to quick wash, keep them in a tub and pour soap water over them. This
will soften the dried stuff on the surface of the shelves. Never rub, for it
may leave scratch marks. After that, allow them to dry completely. Then wrap
them with towel or foam sheets followed by a pack with a plastic bubble
wrapper. Secure the packing with tape, or simply you can tie them.
As you have
emptied them from inside and out, unplug and coil the cord. Then secure the
coiling by trying to hold the structure and fix it with tape on the fridge’s
back wall. Nowadays, like other appliances, refrigerators are also technologically
advanced. You may have a Water or ice dispenser in your fridge. In that case,
disconnect them using the right tools. Even if you have hired professional
movers, do not wait for them because most moving companies avoid the risk
associated with something that includes water.
Once you are
done with the above step, keep doors open for a few hours and allow all the ice
to melt. Even for a short move of 5 to 6 hours, defrost your refrigerator
thoroughly to avoid unwanted water leakage while on transit as it can cause
If your unit is large, it may take more time to get defrosted fully. You can keep the folded towel to soak the water to manage time down. Set your fridge to rest for at least 24 to 48 hours.
Now take a
measuring tape and measure the length and width of the fridge wall and the
doors or entrance for a smooth passage of your unit.
If you find
your appliance is too big to pass through, make the necessary adjustment by
removing the articulation of the doors.
fridge gets defrosted, start cleaning the inside. For this, make a smooth paste
of baking soda and water and clean your appliance with a soft towel. If not
fully clean with one wash, then clean twice. You can even apply vinegar to
soften the dried stuff on the surface of the inside wall. Lastly, keep the
fridge with the doors open to eliminate the odor.
touch is a must when it comes to packing your refrigerator. Firstly, lock the
fridge. Tie it with a strong cord. Here avoid using tape as it may destroy the
paint of outer walls. Wrap it with foam sheets or a moving blanket followed by
packing with a bubble wrapping sheet. Secure your packing with moving tape.
Finally, cover the whole unit with a cardboard sheet for stronger protection
and fix it with tape.
the fridge in the middle, leaving enough space all around. Slant the
refrigerator with a bit of care, roll the dolly under it, and position it
correctly. Secure the unit by tying the cord in-built of the dolly. Slant the
refrigerator from the back and start moving slowly. Remove the for a smooth
passage. Use a rubber mat to protect the floor from damage. Check around and
ensure the safety of the wall from scratching.
You need to
be more watchful if you need to climb down or up through the staircase. Ask someone
to lead the way from your home to the moving truck.
While placing in the dolly, slant the fridge back(a little) carefully at a slow pace to protect the cooling components and cords at the backside of the refrigerator.
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entry can be easier if you use a plank to roll the appliance dolly up inside
the truck. Make a team of at least 3 people.
refrigerator in the vehicle upright. Position two of them on the ground to roll
the dolly up into the vehicle, and one should remain inside to pull the dolly
inside. This will help to maintain balance. Push the dolly at the correct
location and fix it with more straps on the vehicle’s floor for a safe
unloading, follow the reverse steps. Detach the straps roll the dolly down
through the plank with the help of others. Do not forget to take the pack of
shelves along with the unit. Make sure one member leads the way to your new
Before you unload your fridge, spray sanitizer to assure protection from the germ. If it is raining, do not forget to use a plastic cover.
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with the measurement of the entrance and the other doors to avoid any
unexpected obstacle. Roll down a rubber mat to protect the floor from breaking
tiles or any scratch marks. Decide the place from early to position the
refrigerator. Ensure the place has an electricity connection board nearby where
the power cord reaches easily. Do not push the fridge too much that the fridge’s
surface touches the wall. Leave enough space around the unit.
the appliance. With the help of a scissor cut, all the straps, and tapes you
have used for packing. Please do not pull the straps as they may cause harm to
your skin. Discard all the materials outside and wipe the floor. Do not forget
to uncoil the power cord before you through the waste materials out. Now take a
soft towel, pour or spray some disinfectant, and start wiping the outside wall
of the unit. Take little vinegar and once again clean the inside. Now keep the
door open and allow the passing of the air inside.
Unpack the removable components and wipe with a wet towel. Leave them for a while to get dry. Now start fitting them to the respective channels. Manage your freezer as well. Do a scan from top to down to ensure all are set in the right position.
See also: How to Move a Freezer
If you have
not removed the shelves, take out all the supportive pacing materials one by
one. Clean the inside properly.
If you have
a handle cover, make sure it is clean and wrap them around your refrigerator’s
handles. Using a handle cover is always better to prevent getting the pulling
you cover your refrigerator too. Please put it on the unit, ensuring
When you are
done with all these above steps, take out the user manual and go through the
instructions for plugging in the refrigerator. Also, check about food safety.
No worries if you have lost it. You can give a call straight away to customer
guidelines before you reconnect the refrigerator. Especially if the unit was in
a little slanting position, leave it for a day(minimum) after plugging the appliance
in. Check whether the regulators are functioning properly or not. Initially,
you can place the ice tray filled with water. Wait for a few more hours and
check; if it seems to be functioning well, then keep your condiments inside.
Keep the perishable items at the end.
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keep my fridge at a slanting position for a longer period?
cannot do that as it may cause oil to leak from the compressor, leading to
damage to your refrigerator.
should I do if my doorway is not wide enough for a smooth passage of the
the fridge and doorways length and width wise. And if doorways do not have
adequate space, remove the articulation hinges.
should I keep my fridge turned off before relocation?
Around 4 to
6 hours. As the oil in the compressor needs to be settled.
do I need to wait to reconnect my refrigerator post-move?
If it was in
a slanting position, keep the fridge upright at least for 24 hours to settle
the whole compressor unit down before you reconnect it.
still, you have to wait as the unit must be shaken enough around while on
transit. Hence, you must allow at least a couple of hours to settle before you
plug in the unit.
it passes into the cylinder, the lubrication oil inside the compressor can
cause major damage to the valve if not get adequate time for draining back to
the oil sink at the bottom of the compressor.
How do I
move my fridge to another room of the same apartment?
Moving a refrigerator is indeed a challenging job, but nothing is impossible. So, if you have already decided to accomplish the job without professional support, it is absolutely fine. For this, you must follow the owner manual, or you can even talk to customer care to empower your knowledge.
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