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How To Prepare Your Refrigerator For Storage

by Miguel Ronda

If you have a refrigerator that needs to be stored in a self-storage unit, you should first make sure you are doing it correctly. This will protect the refrigerator and keep it from damage. Here are some tips for storing a refrigerator.

Empty the Refrigerator

A good first step to preparing the refrigerator for storage is emptying it, if you haven't done so already. Make sure you check every drawer in the refrigerator, including the crisp and produce drawers, door of the refrigerator, and any hidden compartments. There should be absolutely nothing left inside, including a box of baking soda. Also check the freezer, emptying out the inside and the door. Remove the ice trays as well.

Defrost the Freezer

When you have the refrigerator completely empty, open both of the doors and keep them open. This will let the unit defrost properly. You should never store a refrigerator that is cold and especially not when the freezer portion is still frozen. You should give it a few hours to defrost completely, or until it feels warm inside the appliance. When it thaws out, scrape away ice build-up you find in the freezer by using a wooden spoon. It is also a good idea to place large towels around and underneath the refrigerator while it is defrosting, such in case you get any moisture that leaks out.

Clean it Inside and Out

Before you store the refrigerator, also make sure it is spotless. You can start cleaning it by removing the drawers inside the appliance and soaking them in warm water and mild soap. Once they have soaked, wash them well and rinse them off. Place them on towels to dry. While they are drying, start washing the inside of the refrigerator and freezer. Make sure you get each area of the refrigerator, including the doors and any compartments you have in the freezer. After washing, rinse off the soap residue and get it fully dry.

Disconnect Pipes and Hoses

If you have a refrigerator that provides water and ice in the door, you have a water holding tank that needs to be emptied. First check this compartment and make sure no ice remains. By this point, you should have already emptied out the compartment, but it is worth double-checking. Now that you know it is empty, disconnect the pipes and hoses running to the water and ice compartment, and rinse them well. Set them aside to dry. Once you are sure the inside of the refrigerator is clean and dry, close the doors and secure them with rope or a moving strap. Leave out all of the shelves and drawers and move them separately.

Move and Store the Refrigerator

At this point, you should be able to move the refrigerator to the storage unit. Using a dolly is your best option to the heavy weight and large size of the refrigerator. A furniture dolly allows you to glide the appliance onto the bottom platform, then hold it with one hand while you roll it outside. If you need to go down steps, make sure you have another person there with you to be sure it doesn't fall. Use the ramp of the moving truck to glide it onto the truck.

When loading the refrigerator, make sure it remains standing up. It should never be laid down flat in the truck. The moving truck rental company (like Two Small Men With Big Hearts Moving Company) might also provide additional straps to keep it secure.

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