How to Move a Refrigerator into a Storage Unit

Posted on: October 2, 2018 | by: Spaces Toronto October 2, 2018

Do you know how to properly move and store your refrigerator? If you are reading this article, you probably answered no to this question. But a refrigerator is a big-ticket item that must be handled properly in order to prevent damage. Unfortunately, if not done properly, a refrigerator can be susceptible to damage while being moved or stored.

If you know you are going to be moving and storing your refrigerator in the coming weeks, plan your meals around what items you have in your fridge and freezer. This will help to prevent the fewest number of items possible from going bad.

Tips for Moving and Storing a Refrigerator

How to Move a Refrigerator

  • Remove Leftover Items: Clear out every beverage and food item left in your fridge and freezer. Even if you are just moving your refrigerator a short distance, it is never a good idea to keep food or beverages inside.
  • Defrost the Refrigerator: Unplug the refrigerator to let it defrost. Place towels on the floor under the refrigerator and freezer to soak up any water.
  • Clean the Refrigerator: Clean the refrigerator with a solution of soap and warm water. Don’t forget to also clean the shelves, drawers and walls of the refrigerator and freezer. If there are stubborn stains inside of the refrigerator, use a solution of baking soda and water to clean it.
  • Secure the Fridge and Freezer Doors Shut: Use a bungee cord to secure the refrigerator and freezer doors closed. Never use tape on your refrigerator, as that can damage the finish.
  • Use a Dolly to Move the Refrigerator: Always move the refrigerator using a dolly. This will prevent any accidental injury to yourself or damage to your appliance. Secure the refrigerator to the dolly using a bungee cord.

How to Store a Refrigerator in a Storage Unit

  • Leave the Doors Open: When storing a refrigerator, always leave the doors open. This allows air to circulate throughout the fridge and will prevent moisture from getting trapped inside.
  • Use a Climate Controlled Storage Unit: When storing any appliance, it is important to use a climate controlled storage unit. Fluctuations in temperature can cause mechanical parts inside of the fridge to rust and crack. A climate controlled storage unit will maintain a steady range of temperature safe for storing appliances.

Spaces Self Storage Has Appliance Storage Solutions

If you have recently upgraded appliances or are moving soon, you may be looking for a place to store your refrigerator and freezer. A storage unit rental allows you to get your refrigerator out of your home, and into a location until you need it again. Spaces Self Storage has storage facilities in Toronto, Ontario with 5×5, 5×10 and 10×10 sized storage units. Contact us to reserve your storage unit today!

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