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How To Move a Refrigerator

When you move a refrigerator, certain precautions should be taken. First of all, don't try to move it by yourself, always have an able-bodied assistant to help. Exercise caution when tipping a refrigerator, it can fall onto you and cause serious injury. Never move a refrigerator up or down stairs without at least two strong people.

Caution: Please read our safety information before attempting any testing, repairs or moving.

Side-by-side Refrigerator

Different refrigerators have different styles of shelves. In some cases the shelves should be removed, taped together and placed in the bottom of the fridge, or moved separately. In other cases, the shelves may to be taped in placed. If you leave loose shelves, there is a risk that they will be damaged. Don't move a refrigerator with its contents, always transport the contents separately. Don't forget to remove the contents of the drawers, cubbies and secure the ice bucket or ice cube trays.

During moving or transportation the doors may come open, so it is best to secure them closed with a moving strap or tape. Be careful not to over tighten the straps or you may pull the door out of alignment. If the move will take more than a day, it is best if the doors are kept slightly open to allow for air flow, to reduce the growth of mildew inside the fridge. Wedge a rolled up towel between the door and cabinet and then secure the door with tape. This will keep the door from flying open but will allow air flow into the cabinet. When taping the shelves or doors, select a tape that will not damage the finish or leave a residue.

Can I Lay a Refrigerator on its Side?

Avoid laying a refrigerator on its side. The oil in the compressor can flow into the cooling lines when the refrigerator is tipped onto its side. When returned to an upright position, there is a risk that the oil will not completely drain from the cooling lines and the refrigerator will not cool.

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