How to Move a Refrigerator
SAN RAFAEL — Moving a refrigerator can be a complicated and dangerous task, which is why it’s important to know what you’re doing beforehand. By adhering to the following steps, you can better ensure a safe and successful transport of your appliance.
Make sure the refrigerator is clean and dry, and remove any items left inside. Check the refrigerator’s drip pan (located underneath the unit) for any excess water that could spill out while moving. Shut off the water supply and disconnect the power cord and water line. After the water line is disconnected, place the open end inside a bucket to avoid leakage.
Next, secure the refrigerator for moving. Use straps to attach the refrigerator to a dolly, and make sure you weave the straps through the door handles to prevent them from buckling. Place the refrigerator sideways on the dolly so the skinny side is facing forward, which will help you navigate turns and tight doorways. Also, before moving, make sure you put down adequate floor protection to prevent any scratching or other damage.
When moving the refrigerator, try to minimize tilting—maintaining an upright position will prevent the oil in the compressor from seeping into the cooling tubes. Also, find a good balance so the weight isn’t resting on the person driving the dolly. If there are stairs to be traversed, take them one step at a time. Remember, a refrigerator should only be moved with plenty of help and the right equipment.
Before loading the refrigerator into a moving truck, make sure the ramp is secure and pinned tight to prevent slipping. Once you’ve successfully loaded the unit, use straps or rope to tightly secure it to the inner wall of the cabin. Position the refrigerator with its front facing the wall—that way, if you’re moving other items in or out of the truck, you’ll limit the risk of denting or scratching its face.