How to (Properly) remove a Fridge

How to (Properly) remove a Fridge

Don't underestimate the time and effort it actually takes to remove a refrigerator. With a bit of planning, you can ensure a safe and smooth removal. Review these helpful tips before moving day and you'll save yourself at least one headache.

1. Empty Your Fridge
  • Consume or give away as many perishables before the move so you don't have to throw away as much food or use up as much cooler space.
  • Take out everything that may move around, even something as light as an ice cube tray, and remove magnets and things that are on the fridge as well.

2. Remove the Shelves
If the various removable components inside your fridge are very secure on their own, you should tape them in place; otherwise, take them all out.
  • We're talking shelves, dividers, trays, organisers.
  • Wrap them with towels and pack them together for convenient reassembling at the new location.

3. Unplug the Fridge
  • Coil up the wire and pack it with the shelves or other fridge items.
  • Disconnect the ice maker (if your fridge has one) from its water source.

4. Defrost
  • Start this the night before so that you can just give it a good wipe in the morning. It can take several hours to defrost a fridge.
  • Take this opportunity to disinfect and clean the inside of the fridge, as well as the components you've taken out.

5. Secure the Doors
If they open during the move, they could hurt someone or cause damage.
  • Fasten a bungee cord or sturdy rope around the fridge, but not so tight that you warp the alignment of the doors.
  • Try to avoid using tape as it may leave residue or mess up the fridge's finish.

6. Recruit Helper(s)
It's so much safer to have someone help you; don't be a hero. Of course, you can always hire professionals to ensure that everything is moved safely and efficiently.
  • You must keep the fridge upright or the oil in the compressor could go into cooling tubes and might not be able to drain properly when the fridge is upright again.
  • You will be maneuvering it through doors and around corners, down stairs or onto an elevator, and then into a truck.

7. Use a Moving Dolly
Rent one if you don't readily have access to a moving dolly.
  • Use furniture sliders if possible so you don't scratch up the floor.
  • Tilt the fridge a bit to the side – just enough to slide the dolly underneath it so the tilt is always sideways.
  • Most dollies have straps; use them to secure the fridge to the dolly.

8. If You Have to Move Up/Down Stairs
  • Tilt the fridge/dolly at a 45-degree angle. The person closest to the top should pull back on the handle of the dolly and stabilise the fridge, while the other should push on the bottom of the fridge. Working together, "bump" the fridge step by step.

9. Getting the Fridge Onto the Truck
  • The easiest, safest way to load the fridge is to use a plank or ramp, and walk it up.