Moving large appliances such as refrigerators is usually best left to the professionals. Furniture removal companies have all the tools needed to safely move large appliances. These items are large, bulky and awkward to carry, so it's important to ensure that it's done properly. If not, you can either hurt yourself or damage the appliance.
To move a large refrigerator, you will need a large moving dolly; straps, rope or cord; cleaning materials and cloths; moving blankets; packing tape and scissors.
Step 1: Clean out the contents
Firstly, you will have to remove all the contents two days in advance. Defrosting typically takes around 6-8 hours and it will still have to be cleaned. During this time it should be unplugged from the socket.
Perishables can be given away or thrown away. Frozen items should be given away if you're moving long distance.
Once the refrigerator has been cleared out, it's time to clean it and allow a day or two for it to dry out properly. Let it stand open to remove odours.
Step 2: Wrap it up
Next, you will have to remove the shelves and loose items. You can use tape that won't leave a mark to tape the drawers closed. Wrap the shelves in moving blankets or towels to protect them during the move, making sure to mark them appropriately.
Also wrap the power cord and secure it so that it doesn't get caught during the move. Tie the doors closed with rope or cord.
Step 3: Moving the refrigerator
It's important to use the right equipment when you move large appliances. A dolly makes carrying a large refrigerator up and down stairs a lot easier. Insert the dolly by moving the refrigerator away from the wall and slipping the dolly underneath. Using a dolly, it should be easy enough for two or 3 people to move the refrigerator.
Step 4: Using the refrigerator at your new house
When you unpack the refrigerator again, be sure to let it sit for a few hours to allow the fluids to flow back into the compressor. Once plugged in, don't place food in the refrigerator just yet. It can take up to 3 days for it to reach the right temperature.
Furniture removal companies have experience with the do's and don'ts of moving large appliances. Rather call a professional furniture removals company to move your expensive refrigerator.
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