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If you are moving home, it is likely that you will need to transport a number of kitchen appliances, one of these being a fridge freezer. It is vital that you transport your fridge freezer with care so that it does not become damaged during transit. The last thing you want is to spend several hundreds of pounds on a new fridge freezer. After all, it is likely you already have enough moving costs to contend with as it is!

With that in mind, read on to discover some top tips on transporting your fridge freezer with care.

Preparing your fridge

Empty all of the contents in the fridge

The first thing you need to do is get rid of all of the contents that are placed in the fridge, as well as anything placed on the outside, such as magnets. If you are in the middle of a big move, it is probably better to simply get rid of food and drink items.

Remove the shelves

Take out all of the removable components that are inside the fridge, including trays, shelves, and other movable or loose items. You should wrap these shelves in towels or a lot of bubble wrap for protection and label them before stacking carefully in boxes. You may have been advised to simply secure the shelves in the fridge with tape. This option is often more convenient, but it is much safer to take them out and wrap them up.

Unplug the fridge freezer

Remove the plug, securely coil the power cord, and tape it into a tight bundle so that it stays in place while in transit.

Defrost the freezer

You will need to defrost the freezer before the move, especially if there is a buildup of frost. This typically takes between six and eight hours, so make sure you give yourself plenty of time to do this. It is best to defrost your freezer overnight, and then give it a wipe down in the morning.

Clean the fridge

Now is a good time to clean your fridge freezer. Use disinfectant to wipe down interior surfaces and the drawers.

Close the doors and secure them

Secure the fridge freezer doors so that they do not become damaged while they are being transported. You can use a bungee cord or a strong rope to do this. Tie the door handles together if you have a double-door refrigerator. While you need to ensure you tie the doors and handles securely, avoid tying them too tightly, as this can cause them to pull out of alignment. Also, avoid using tape to secure the doors, as this can leave a sticky and unsightly residue or damage the finish of the fridge freezer.

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Moving the refrigerator

Get someone to help

It is always safer to get someone else to give you a helping hand, especially if the fridge needs to be held upright and operated with a dolly.

Use a moving dolly

A moving dolly will make it much easier to move the fridge. You can rent such equipment with straps. Before choosing one, make sure the fridge can fit on the base securely and avoid any dolly that might be too small.

Slide the refrigerator onto the dolly and secure it in an upright position

In most cases, you will be able to slide the dolly right under the fridge. If necessary, you can lift it gently. You should then use bungees or straps to tie the fridge freezer to the dolly. When lifting and positioning the refrigerator on the dolly, it is vital to minimise tilting as much as possible. If you tilt the fridge too much, the oil from the compressor could seep into the cooling tubes. This is why it needs to be in the upright position.

Move slowly and gently

Once the fridge is secured onto the dolly, you need to move forward slowly and carefully. Your helper should be on the other side of the dolly, helping to secure the fridge and guiding you through any obstacles. If you need to navigate any stairs, your assistant should help you down with each step, one at a time. Communicate effectively and don’t go too quickly.

Load the fridge into the van

The truck you are using should have a ramp, enabling you to easily roll the fridge onto it. If this is not the case, you need to be extremely careful. You will almost definitely need more than one helper to lift the fridge onto the truck carefully and to ensure the fridge doesn’t fall backwards.

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Important transportation tips

Refrigerators have to be transported upright

You should never lay your fridge freezer down. When on its back or side, oil will flow into the cooling tubes, and it may not drain from them when the fridge moves back to an upright position. As a consequence, your fridge may stop cooling properly or break down completely.

Wait an hour before reconnecting your fridge

Even if your fridge has been kept upright for the entirety of its transportation, some oil from the compressor may have leaked into the refrigeration system. To avoid the negative impact this can cause, it is recommended that you wait for around an hour before turning it on again. If your fridge is reconnected with oil in the refrigeration system, it’s likely that a blockage could form and cause a breakdown.

We can take the weight off your shoulders

There is a lot to take into consideration when transporting a fridge freezer. To take the weight off your shoulders, get in touch with AnyVan and make the process much easier. With years of experience, we have plenty of knowledge and expertise in moving a wide range of items, including items that require special care such as fridge freezers, musical instruments, televisions and more. With AnyVan, you can rest assured that your fridge and any other items will arrive in perfect condition.

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