Do You Know How to Move a Fridge?

Is it possible for you to move your refrigerator on your own? It is possible, even though it appears to be unreal. The job is not difficult if you know how to move a refrigerator correctly. You might be wondering why you're going to move your fridge. It will be difficult to move the huge refrigerator, and it may be damaged during the relocation. The answer is, if you change your house, you need to move all the furniture as well as the refrigerator. If you want to change the position of your refrigerator and place it in another space, you need to move. Most commonly, you need to move your refrigerator while cleaning it.


Preparation before Moving the Fridge

Refrigerators are heavy, big, and expensive. That does not mean that you will have to be a superhero or very strong to move your refrigerator.  Knowing how to move a refrigerator properly, on the other hand, will make the job much easier. Depending on your circumstances, it may be appropriate to transfer this task to professionals. But if that isn't an option, do not even stress; we've got you covered. Have a little patience while planning and utilizing all of the appropriate instruments to ensure that this pricey household appliance is not harmed. 

It's preferable to turn off a fridge or freezer 24 hours before transporting it into your new house. This allows the evaporator in the fridge to thaw, reducing the danger of damage during the transport. It also allows the oils and fluids inside the compressor to settle, preventing them from moving through the compressor. If you're putting your unit in storage instead, switch it off a week ahead of time to allow it to dry out this, combined with a thorough cleaning, can prevent a moldy surprise when you open it months later.


Some Basic Preparation

  • Take everything out of the fridge, including food and groceries. If you're carrying food or groceries with you to your new house, you can put them in a cooler, or you can plan and consume all of your food and supplies before you move.
  • Wipe out any cooler surfaces with a baking soda and warm water solution, and defrost the freezer if necessary, to avoid melting and leaking during the transit of items from one location to another.
  • Disconnect the appliance from the mains once it has been emptied and defrosted. This is the most crucial preparation. Do this at least a few hours before you want to relocate your refrigerator. To prevent odors from accumulating, place a small basin of baking soda on one of the shelves.
  • Then The power cord should be rolled up and clipped to the rear of the fridge. again, to avoid odors, keep the refrigerator door open.
  • To avoid damaging the unit or your home on the way out, lock the doors and wrap it in protective wrapping and moving blankets. Adhesive tapes should be used with caution because they might leave scars on surfaces.

 With a measuring tape, check your departure path and anticipate any tight situations.

Some Tools are Required to Move your Refrigerator

Straps for an appliance dolly, a tape measure, drill and screwdriver, Blankets for moving, Tape or rope are two options, two persons are required at a minimum.


Basic Steps about Moving a Refrigerator Without Damaging it

1. Measure the fridge and doorways, then make a moving plan. The width of your fridge and the width of your doorways will determine how you move it. Create a movement plan based on the measurements for how the refrigerator will fit through each doorway. 

2. Remove any impediments, such as doors, if needed. Based on your moving plan, now is the moment to remove anything that will obstruct your progress. Remove stair rails and doors from their hinges. Remove any remaining furniture to provide yourself a free path out of the house and onto the moving truck.

3. Pull the fridge and transfer it to the dolly. Most refrigerators have wheels, so moving them forward shouldn't be difficult. Position yourself in front of the fridge and guide it forward by pushing it side to side. Just make sure your knees are bent and your back is as straight as possible. Do not place the dolly on the refrigerator's front or back.

4. Tilt the fridge back and move with caution (slowly). Use caution when moving the dolly to ensure that the top and bottom of the refrigerator are evenly positioned. If you need to lower the fridge at any point, do so slowly and with someone on the other side who can assist you. It's important to remember that a fridge shouldn't be tilted back more than 45 degrees.

5. Take extra care when coming downstairs- Pull the dolly back toward you to keep the fridge tilted at a 45-degree angle. The worker at the bottom should ensure that the refrigerator is always positioned toward the back of the dolly and does not protrude forward. Do not drag the fridge down the stairwell.

6. Assist in loading the refrigerator into the moving truck. Guide the fridge into the moving truck or pickup truck using a plank. It's far easier to navigate a plank or platform than it is to lift the fridge into the truck itself.

7. Prepare for the move by securing the refrigerator- When shifting the fridge from one location to another, try to do so on its side if at all possible. Using additional straps along the top and sides of the fridge, secure it to the vehicle. It's easier to leave it on the dolly now rather than having to re-secure it once it arrives at its destination.

8. Before plugging in and adding food, give it some time- Before plugging your fridge back in, keep it upright for twice as long as it was on its side. If you had to relocate the fridge while it was upside down, wait between 24-72 hours before putting food in it. Food should be added between 24 and 72 hours, according to the manufacturer's recommendations.


Check Some Details Again

-If you're not going to plug your fridge back in immediately away, keep the doors open to avoid odor buildup.

-A refrigerator should always be stored upright.

-Before transferring any major equipment, make sure the dolly's weight is evenly distributed.

-Consider having a second person at the foot of the steps if you need to go up a flight of stairs. They can assist you in lifting the fridge the stairs as you drag the dolly up each step.


Conclusion

It's natural to want to ensure that your white goods are delivered safely and securely. Knowing how to move a refrigerator correctly will make the job much easier. Have a little patience when preparing and utilize all the right instruments to ensure that this expensive household device, such as a refrigerator, does not get damaged. It's worth investing some time to make it as simple and easy as possible.

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