Answered by Nicole La CapriaJune 14, 2013
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Refrigerators are bulky and cumbersome appliances, that take a considerable amount of preparation and manpower to move.
Prepare the refrigerator: Make sure all shelves, racks, and contents are removed from the refrigerator and the freezer. Unplug the unit at least 24 hours in advance to defrost. Turn off any gas connection and disconnect and drain the water lines from the ice-maker if you have one. Tape the electrical cord to the back of the unit to keep it out of the way. Always read the manual for any special instructions on moving the appliance. Clean it thoroughly as well to prevent the growth of mildew and foul odors.
Get help: If you are moving the fridge without the aid of professionals, ne sure to enlist the aid of several strong friends to help you manuever the fridge. Refrigerators are extremely heavy and can cause severe injury if not moved properly.
Use a dolly: Refrigerators cannot be laid down or tipped on their side because the oil from the compressor can flood the cooling lines. To prevent a ruined fridge, a dolly can assist you in keeping the heavy appliance upright during a move. With the help of friend, simply slide the dolly beneath one side of the appliance and secure it using moving straps. Lastly, set your foot on the dolly and tilt it back. Have your friends aid in you in wheeling the appliance away, directing your path. When moving it downstairs, it is best to go bottom first, slowly moving the dolly downwards one step at a time. Have a helper at the other end of the dolly to help support the weight.
For more detailed instructions on moving yourrefrigerator, please read this helpful guide.
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