Want to know how to move a fridge, and whether you can manage it on your own?
Moving household appliances is one of the biggest tasks you’ll have to tackle as part of a house move. If you’re looking to save money when moving house, you’ll possibly want to consider moving whitegoods like your fridge yourself.
While a small bar fridge may not present much of a challenge, moving a large fridge or freezer is a tricker task. With the right tools and techniques, plus some help, it can be done safely. Our step-by-step guide on how to move a fridge will help you decide whether you can accomplish this task yourself, or whether you need to call in professional movers.
What You’ll Need To Move Your Fridge
- Dolly or moving trolley
- Moving blankets or pads
- Straps or bungee cords
- Cleaning supplies
How To Move A Fridge – Step-by-Step Instructions
- Empty and disconnect the fridge
Before you move your fridge, empty it of food and drink, and take the opportunity to give it a good clean.
Turn off your fridge. It’s best to do this about a day in advance, so any build-up of ice in the freezer has time to defrost and so fluids in the compressor can settle.
If your fridge features a water filter or auto ice-maker, make sure those hoses are also disconnected and any water drained.
Also remove any shelves, drawers, and other removable parts. These should all be safely packed to prevent breakages in transit. Put the cord with the other parts, so it doesn’t go astray.
- Secure the doors
Use tape or straps to secure the fridge doors in place. Because tape can leave a mark on your fridge, you can do this over a layer of blanket, padding or plastic. This is also a great way to provide extra protection against bumps or scrapes.
- Move the fridge
Before you move your fridge, decide on the path you’re going to take and make sure nothing is in the way that can be bumped or scratched. Make sure doorways are of adequate size to fit both the fridge and trolley through.
Carefully tilt the fridge onto the dolly or moving trolley, using straps or bungee cords to secure it in place. Tilt the fridge as little as possible to ensure it doesn’t overbalance. Fridges and freezers are extremely heavy and cumbersome, so never attempt this task alone.
Slowly wheel the fridge to its new location, taking care to avoid any obstacles in your path.
- Place the fridge in your truck
Fridges should ideally be transported upright, as this allows the coolant to stay in place. However, if you are transporting your fridge in a ute or trailer, standing it up may not be possible. If you need to lie the fridge down, be sure to put down extra padding, such as thick rugs, under it.
Use additional straps or bungee cords, or firmly wedge the fridge in the vehicle to ensure it cannot slide about.
- Install the fridge in the new house
A fridge that has been transported upright can be turned straight back on. If it has been tipped or laid down, you’ll need to let it settle for a few hours before plugging it in. This will allow the fridge’s compressor oil to settle back into place and prevent any damage to the compressor or other internal components.
Make sure the fridge is level by adjusting its feet. Then wait for the fridge to cool down to the desired temperature before replacing any food or drink. Your manual may offer guidance on how long you need to wait before restocking your fridge.
When To Call In Professional Help
Never attempt to move a fridge alone. If you have an accident and the fridge falls on you it can do serious damage, so you should always have help on hand. Two people can generally handle a standard domestic fridge, but a larger freezer may require more manpower.
It’s important that you have the right equipment, including a heavy-duty trolley, ample padding materials and a vehicle that can take the weight of the fridge.
If you’re unsure about how to move your fridge or don’t have the right equipment, it’s best to call in professional help. Using professional removalists can also be the way to go if you want your move done as quickly and efficiently as possible.
If you’re moving across or from Melbourne, get in touch with Pinder Tower Movers. They have over 30 years of experience in moving all kinds of appliances, including fridges, and can help you move your fridge safely and efficiently.