How to Safely Move Your Fridge
Moving a fridge is no mean feat. Like any large appliances such as dishwashers, moving a fridge requires a bit of preparation. Use these practical tips to safely move your fridge and arrive at your destination with it in perfect working order.
What You’ll Need:
- A dolly or hand truck;
- Rope or moving straps;
- Moving blankets and packing tape;
- Some cleaning supplies; and
Cleaning Out the Contents
It’s a good idea to move an empty rather than a full fridge. Glass jars and food items are difficult to secure, and they can add extra weigh to the fridge. The contents may shift during the move and cause the fridge to tip over.
- Clear out both the fridge and freezer. Pack what you’ll be moving or toss out unwanted perishables that may not survive a long distance move. Remove all magnets and decorations on the door, and pack them away.
- Let the freezer defrost. Turn off the power and have your freezer defrost overnight. In the monring, wipe off any excess liquid in the freezer before the move.
- Shelving and loose items. Remove shelving and any loose drawers and accessories, such as egg or beer can trays. If you’ll be keeping the drawers inside the fridge, tape them to the interior with tape that won’t leave a mark. Pack away the cord, shelving, and any accessories and label the box.
Secure the Doors
Once you’ve cleaned out the fridge, it’s time to secure the doors with some tape, rope, or cord. If you’re moving a long distance, you may want to consider wedging a towel or folded cloth before securing the door. This allows air to circulate during the move. Secure the rope and make sure it’s not too tight as the gaskets may be pressed out of shape.
Wrap the Fridge
You might find it useful to wrap the fridge in some moving blankets to avoid scratches and bumps during the move.
Never move any heavy items by yourself as it could strain your back. It’s a good idea to have at least another person help you with the move. Use a dolly or hand truck where possible. Ease the fridge down over stairs as gently as possible.
Keep the fridge upright as much as possible. Laying a fridge on its side can cause the oil in the compressor to rush into the cooling lines, and this may not properly drain back when the fridge is tilted back upright again. When that happens, the fridge may not cool as effectively as before.
Check your fridge’s instruction manual for any special requirements for moving. Most brands, including Westinghouse fridges, will recommend moving your fridge upright.
3. Setting Up
Once you’ve arrived, leave the fridge upright in the new kitchen or destination for a few hours before plugging it in. This settling period lets the oil flow back into the compressor and ensures that it will operate effectively once you plug it in.
Once you plug it in, it may take around 12 hours or more for your fridge to reach the set operating temperature.