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Thursday, June 26, 2008  

Moving your Refrigerator - some tips and tricks- CLICK HERE!

Spring and Summer mark the "Moving Season" and even though the housing market is in a slump across the US - many of you may still be moving and need to take the reliable Ole' refrigerator with you.

Refrigerators should be transported in a vehicle in an upright position. However, it can be tilted back when placed on a dolly to take into the home.

When moving refrigerators to a new location, we recommend the following:

  • Turn refrigerator to Off. This should be done a couple of hours before moving to allow the evaporator time to defrost.

  • Disconnect power cord from wall.

  • Remove all foods and clean the interior. If the refrigerator is going to be in transit for more than a day, you may want to place a small bag of activated charcoal or carbon (such as used in fish tanks) in the refrigerator to absorb odors.

  • Secure loose items, such as the grille, shelves, storage pans, ice trays, ice storage bucket. Covers and removable parts should be protected with tape - this prevents their coming loose and causing damage.

  • Secure the refrigerator. If your refrigerator is on rollers, be sure it is properly secured in the moving van to prevent rolling and damage.

  • Handle with care - many a back injury occur when moving large items - be careful!

  • The exterior of your refrigerator should be protected with a blanket covering. When loading the refrigerator in a moving van, truck, etc., it is best to keep it standing upright.

  • If laying the refrigerator on its side cannot be avoided, it is important to follow the above instructions on securing the parts inside the refrigerator to prevent possible damage.

  • When using a dolly or hand truck, always truck from the side. Possible damage could occur if trucked from the front or rear.

If it is necessary to lay the refrigerator down, lay it on its side

Happy moving and don't forget to take breaks in the heat!


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