Refrigerators are heavy equipment and can be difficult to move. You can use a moving dolly to transport your refrigerator. Whether you move it to a new location or replacing an old or broken refrigerator, it is important to take safety precautions. You must also be careful not to damage the device-heavy appliances can also hefty in price.
Preparing the refrigerator
Empty the refrigerator for all content. Frozen food can be stored in a cooler with ice if you plan to keep them. Unpack all cereal boxes, buttons or decorations from the door or on the refrigerator.
Turn the refrigerator or disconnect the device. It will take hours for the freezer to defrost. Let the refrigerator sit unplugged overnight.
Clean the refrigerator interior with a cloth and a detergent or baking soda solution. GE Appliances proposes placing a small container with active carbon inside, like that used in aquariums, to absorb the smell of the refrigerator will remain empty for more than one day.
Remove these loose parts shelves or drawers. Pack these items and label them accordingly. You can also tape them in place in the refrigerator. The band, however, can leave marks or glue residue.
Secure doors in place with either tape or a rope. Cover the unit with furniture covers and moving blankets. If the unit does not fit through a doorway, remove the doors and wrap them in a protective cover.
Tuck in and ensure all wheels. It will prevent the appliance from moving if it is in an upright position inside a moving truck.
Using a Moving Dolly
Use a moving dolly or a cart, which is specifically designed to transport heavy equipment. If you don"t own one, rent one from a moving company.
Get your assistant to help you to move the refrigerator away from the wall. Approach Dolly from its side.
Tilt the device to the person helping you and have them hold it still while you shoot dolly underneath it. Place the moving belts or straps around the refrigerator and dolly. Place the straps underneath the door handles to prevent damage.
If you move the refrigerator down the stairs, do it bottom first, one step at a time.
When using a truck with a ramp, go back up the ramp, pull the refrigerator on board. The refrigerator should be in an upright position preferably in a corner or secured between items to prevent shifting during assembly
Once the fridge has reached its destination, let it stand for a few hours before you connect it and turn it on.
Tips and Warnings
- Always consult the user manual for specific instructions for handling.
- Avoid a refrigerator on its side to eliminate the draining of its domestic oil and water.