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.