How To Move A Refrigerator?
For the most part, your refrigerator will come on a wood pallet. This makes it easy to move. First, remove anything inside the fridge. It’s best not to store anything in there for several days before moving it, if possible. If you cannot wait that long then give the contents of your refrigerator 24 hours to settle by keeping them in coolers with ice or frozen gel packs.
Try to balance out the weight on each side of the fridge so that you’re not straining one side more than another when moving it. When lifting be sure to lift with your legs and not your back! Your dishwasher is likely too heavy for one person to move around so try enlisting some help if at all possible.
Transporting large appliances:
Appliance delivery companies charge by how long it takes them to load and unload your appliance, so packing efficiently saves time and money.
Here’s what we recommend:
Disconnect any electric cords. Unplug small appliances such as coffee pots or blenders. Remove doors from lower-hanging models like washing machines (turn off water supplies first). Leave contents of drawers in place; wrap in if necessary. Secure loose items with a cord or rubber band. Pad sharp edges with cardboard and secure with tape or rope.
Remove drawers from lower-hanging models such as washing machines; set aside contents of drawers for reassembly later. Unplug all electric cords from wall outlets and disconnect water supply lines. Defrost refrigerators completely so there is no ice buildup inside–ice will shift during transit and damaged the unit.
What happens if you lay a refrigerator on its side?
Don’t lay your refrigerator on its side unless it’s necessary. If you must, then let the appliance stand for 12 hours before turning it on.
If your refrigerator stands on its side for any length of time, make sure the door gasket isn’t under stress or covered with dust or debris which might damage it when uprighting the unit. The same goes for hinge pins; make sure they are lubricated and free of dirt if laid flat. Also, inspect floors closely (and under refrigerators where possible) to ensure there are no obstacles that could cause injury to anyone helping you move or upright your appliances.
How do you fix a refrigerator that was laying down?
If you get the refrigerator upright, then let it stand for 12 hours before plugging it in, defrosting completely so there is no ice buildup inside. If the gasket was under stress or covered with dust or debris when laying on its side, make sure to inspect and lubricate this part before turning the fridge back on. Apply a new coat of lubricant if necessary.
Where should I position my refrigerator in my kitchen?
Position your refrigerator away from heat sources like ovens and dishwashers (if you have one) using at least three inches between the appliance and adjacent cabinetry, walls, or other appliances. Allow eight inches on either side of an upright model; ten inches to each side of a chest model (for proper ventilation).
tips: When picking up a refrigerator, be sure to lift with your legs and not your back!
Does it hurt to transport a refrigerator on its side?
It shouldn’t hurt to transport a refrigerator on its side, but don’t set it up too quickly afterward. If you do so too quickly, the water in the evaporator pan could shift and cause damage.
What’s the best way to disassemble a refrigerator?
The best way will vary depending on what type of refrigerator you have. Here are some common ways that refrigerators are taken apart: Chest models: Most chest models (except ice makers) follow similar steps. You will need to defrost the unit completely if it’s frosted over, disconnect the water supply line and remove doors. The compressor, condenser coils, and fan are exposed once you remove the back panels. Refrigerators with top-mounted freezers: Once you remove the kick plate(s) at the bottom front of your refrigerator or freezer, you’ll see two screws on either side holding in a metal support bar. Remove these screws, carefully pull out all contents from the freezer section while taking care not to damage any exposed electrical wiring.
Why do you have to wait 24 hours to plug in a fridge?
When you lay a refrigerator down or transport it, there is a chance that its refrigerant could leak out. If this happens, don’t plug the unit back in for 24 hours because once the gas refills and pressure return to normal, your fridge should operate normally again.