Moving large appliances is one of the most stressful parts of moving. There is also a risk of damaging the refrigerator if it wasn’t moved or secured properly. This article will provide some of the best practices in moving a refrigerator.
Completely defrost the fridge, hours or even a day before the move to allow water to be drained. Then you have to empty the fridge and pull out all the trays, shelves, drawers and other removable parts of the refrigerator, and finally turn off the power supply before disconnecting the cable.
- Before putting it in the transport vehicle you have to ensure that the door should be tied with a rope or cable so it can not open while moving. It is not recommended that you do not use tape or the like because it could damage the paint of the refrigerator or leave a residue.
- Once ready to move, it is best to transport the fridge vertically. If you must pass a short distance between stairs, it is best to be driven by two or three people.
- To carry a fridge outside the building, it is best to use a dolly to facilitate transportation of the refrigerator. Then it is best to use a driver or rent a transport truck to fit the fridge properly.
- It may not be safe for some old fridge to be transported lying on its side. For such old fridge, contact a specialist or see the user manual of the device to check which vertical positions are suitable for transport.
- Before connecting the refrigerator in its new location, especially if you have transported the fridge horizontally, it would be advisable to wait a couple of hours before connecting and switching it on.
Is it safe to transport a refrigerator on its side?
One of the main concerns when it comes to moving a fridge is its position. There is a widespread belief that refrigerators cannot be transferred on its side because it will damage the refrigerator.
Through the years, this reality became a modern myth.
In the previous decades, many compressors of refrigerators were mounted inside the housing using three or four springs. Moving the refrigerator on its side can break the springs. Today this no longer happens, since the compressors are fixed to the cabinet
Laying the fridge in a horizontal position can cause the oil in the compressor to flow through the cooling coils. That is why it is important that after the refrigerator was placed upright, you should wait for an hour to a day depending on how long the refrigerator was laying on the side. This will allow the oil to go back to the compressor. It is also not recommended to put the refrigerator on its back because it can damage the cooling coils of the fridge.
If the refrigerator can’t be secured properly on the truck on upright position, it is best to lay it on horizontal position to avoid the fridge from falling. However, some models may have a different construction, so it is better to consult your refrigerators manual to make sure that you have correctly positioned your refrigerator for transport.