How To Move Your Fridge Or Freezer01 May 2014
Moving your fridge or freezer when you're moving house can be a great concern, but if you follow the proper steps then you can move your fridge or freezer quickly and easily. Get prepared in the best way possible by reading through these helpful hints and tips! 1) Clear your fridge or freezer of food.Start by getting rid of any food in your fridge or freezer. It's likely that most perishables won't survive the move, so eat what you can and bin the rest. It's a good idea to take stock of what you have before moving day, so that you can plan meals to get rid of food without having to throw it away. If you have a lot of food why not ask your friends and neighbours if they can store it for you in their freezer or fridge during the moving process? Another alternative is to cook dishes for your friends and neighbours. This is a great thing to do as it doesn't waste food and can be a nice treat! Jars and condiments can be kept for as long as necessary, and if you do want to keep any cold foods fresh then use a cooler during the moving process. 2) Remove any drawers or shelves.Once your fridge or freezer is clear you should remove any things that are likely to move or shift during transit. This is likely to be any shelves, drawers and other plastic inserts. Pack these away carefully in a clearly-labelled box so you can find them when you need to! 3) Unplug and allow to defrost.You're now ready to unplug your fridge or freezer. Heavily frosted freezers might need to thaw out for longer, so be aware of this before moving day so that you have the time to plan for this! This is also a great time to clean your fridge or freezer, so wipe them down. This step will help to prevent mould from forming whilst the appliance is off, so make sure you take the time to do it. 4) Hire help.Although you might not need movers for your house move, it's a good idea to hire help for moving your large appliances. Speak to any local removal company to hire a removal dolly, which is ideal for moving your fridge or freezer. Using one of these will make the moving process much easier on everyone involved, and will prevent you from injuring yourself with unnecessary heavy lifting. 5) Loading your fridge or freezer into your moving van.If you use a dolly then it's very easy to load up your appliances into your removal van, though you will probably need a helping hand. Vans with moving platforms or a ramp are ideal - simply wheel the dolly up and remove it from underneath the appliance. Secure the doors with rope or bungee cord to prevent them from opening during transit. Ensure that your appliance stays upright at all times to prevent leakages from the cooling agents. 6) Setting up your fridge and freezer.Once you get to your new home your fridge and freezer need to sit for a couple of hours to allow the liquid cooling agents to settle. After 2-4 hours you can plug it in and it will be ready to use in just a few hours!