Moving Tip - Refrigerators
- Remove all contents, including freezer items. Give away perishables and pack up items that you're going to take with you.
You can donate non-perishable items to Move for Hunger .Remember, if you're moving a long distance, leave refrigerated items behind or put in a cooler to take with you in your car. Remove and pack magnets and any items that are on top of the fridge.
Unplug the refrigerator and let the freezer defrost. This will usually take at least 6-8 hours depending on the state of the freezer. It's best to defrost it overnight, which will allow you enough time in the morning to wipe out the inside.
Remove all shelves and other loose items. If you prefer, tape the fridge drawers closed (be careful that tape doesn't leave a mark) or remove them. Wrap the shelves with moving blankets, towels or plain paper to protect them during the move. Label the shelves appropriately.
Turn off the power source and wrap the cord, securing it so it doesn't get caught while moving.
- Secure the doors. With a strong cord or rope, tie the doors closed by wrapping the cord around the fridge. If you have a double-door, tie the doors together tightly. Tape will work as well, but just remember that when you remove the tape, the paint surface might be disturbed.
Don't lay it on its side. Always keep the refrigerator standing upright as much as possible. This ensures that oil won't seep into the cooling tubes which can cause permanent damage.
- At your new residence, leave it plugged in. It'll take a while before the fridge is ready to use. Some require 3 days before they'll reach an optimum temperature. Check your manual for details.
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