How to Move a Fridge Safely: 8 Steps for Homeowners

Is it moving time? Maybe you’re moving, or maybe you’re helping a friend move. Either way, you’re going to be dealing with some heavy stuff, including a big bulky fridge.

Moving a fridge safely can be quite difficult. One wrong move and you may be at risk of injuring yourself. Before you take on such an enormous endeavour, consider whether you need the assistance of professional movers to help you move the fridge. It’s always a good idea to have an extra pair of hands to help you on how to move a fridge.

If you are ready to take on this task, follow these eight  steps on how to move a fridge safely:

Step #1: Empty out your fridge

This first step should be obvious, but don’t try to move a fridge full of food. Empty everything out of the fridge before you attempt to move it. While you’re at it, give it a good wipe down. Once that thing gets thawed out, any stuck on food or bits is going to get warm and will definitely start to smell.

It’s going to be a lot less enjoyable to clean it out later, so just get it over with. For the cleaning process, use baking soda and water. This combination is a natural deodorizer. Finally, turn it off and disconnect it from its power source. There may be specific instructions on how to do this, so check your owners manual.

Step #2: Tie up the fridge

When you’re moving this heavy and cumbersome appliance, the last thing you want is for a fridge door to fly open. Secure the doors tightly by wrapping cords or ropes around it. Alternatively, you can remove the doors. Make sure to keep all little pieces safe if you choose this second option.

If you choose to remove the doors, you’ll also have to remove all the drawers from inside the fridge, and anything else that could move or fall out during the moving process.

Step #3: Protect the fridge

You can wrap the cord up and secure it to the back of the fridge with some tape. For extra protection, you can wrap the fridge in moving blankets and secure those with packing tape. This will help ensure the fridge doesn’t get dinged up and damaged during the moving process.

Step #4: Acquire the right moving equipment

In order to safely move a fridge, you need to have the right equipment. A dolly with two wheels is the best way to go. Trying to lift and carry it is going to be a ton of unnecessary strain. Get a dolly with two wheels, and make sure to strap it securely so that it doesn’t move during transit.

There are many different kinds of dollies, and most of them will do just fine as long as the base of it is large enough to support the bottom of the fridge. If it isn’t, you risk the fridge tipping off.

Step #5: Get assistance to move the fridge

Fridges can weigh between 200 and 400 pounds. Unless you’re seven feet tall, you probably won’t be able to see over that fridge while moving it. This isn’t an item that you’re going to want to move on your own.

Although one person will be maneuvering the fridge on the dolly, you will want someone to help stabilize, and maybe even a second friend to help guide and give verbal directions. It would be a lot easier to move a fridge when you have assistance.

Step #6: Scout your route

It’s kind of hard to figure out what you’re going to do when you’re trying to manoeuvre a 300 pound appliance. Make a plan as to how you’re going to get the fridge from point A to point B, and communicate that plan with anybody who is helping.

Communication goes down the drain when people are struggling with something heavy and becoming stressed. Laying out a plan and being organized may take longer, but is the best way to make sure everyone is on the same page.

While you scout your route, clear everything out of the way before you even attempt to move the fridge. Make sure you prop all doors in your path open so you don’t have to struggle with them.

Step #7: Place the fridge

Get the fridge onto the dolly by placing the dolly in front of the fridge, and sliding the fridge onto the dolly’s base. Keep the fridge upright. This is important because there is oil in the compressor that can flow into the cooling tubes and get stuck there, not allowing the fridge to cool properly.

Once the fridge is on the dolly, tip it back on a slight angle so that the dolly is only balancing on its two wheels. Now you’re ready to roll.

Step #8: Secure the fridge

Once you’ve rolled the fridge out to the truck, taking extra caution on stairs and corners, you’ll have to secure it in place for transit. You don’t want there to be any chance that the fridge shuffles or falls during the drive.

After you moved the fridge into its new home, wait before plugging it in. You need to let it settle before you can plug it back in. You can plug it in after two to three hours, but should wait another 24 hours before adding food.

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