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If you are moving a refrigerator or freezer it will most likely be one of the last items you'll prepare for your move. However, proper cleaning and preparation is needed to ensure it is safely transported and ready to use at your destination.

Step One: Unload and Clean

First, remove all items inside the appliance. Once your refrigerator or freezer is empty, defrost and remove any ice and excess moisture. Keep in mind that your overflow reservoir may be inadequate to handle the amount of water created by the defrost cycle, locate the drain hose on the bottom of your unit and identify a solution for channeling excess water away from the unit.

We recommend you give the appliance a heavy-duty cleaning before moving day. Wipe off the exterior with a damp cloth and mild soap. Remove internal parts such as shelves and drawers to soak in warm water and detergent, use lukewarm water for ice trays and ice storage bins. Finally, leave the door open for at least 24 hours to allow all moisture to evaporate.

Step Two: Secure Appliance Hardware

Secure all loose and moving parts, tape all drawers and compartments shut. Glass shelves should be removed and packed in a separate carton for secure moving. Place an odor and mildew absorber like baking soda in your refrigerator and freezer, and wipe down all surfaces with a dry towel before finally closing the unit.

Step Three: Service the Appliance

We recommend you hire a professional appliance technician to disconnect and service your appliance before your move. Your moving consultant can arrange for appliance servicing, for an additional cost, through a trusted third-party vendor.

Before the technician arrives, remove the base covering and vacuum dust away from the condenser or compressor, and empty excess water from the evaporator pan. Make sure the unit is dry before replacing the cover. If you have a cold-water dispenser or automatic icemaker, turn off the water, disconnect the water line, and empty the water reservoir. Though the majority of refrigerators today are sealed units and do not require this service, some older models may need to have the motor or compressor bolted down.

At destination, do not operate the refrigerator for at least 24 hours after delivery. This allows the oil time to settle, preventing possible damage to the compressor. Icemakers and water dispensers must be connected to a water line, once in service, dispose of the first few batches of ice because of possible impurities from opening a water line.

Please Take Notice

Many large units have high-voltage connections or gas supplies that require the attention of an appliance technician. You may authorize your moving consultant to pre-arrange for appliance servicing before your move date. This service will be added to the Bill of Lading as an additional cost.

Your United Mover Cannot:

  • Disconnect appliances (ice maker, washer, dryer, etc.) or reconnect them in the new residence.
  • Disconnect utilities.
  • Repair appliances.
  • Remove or install window air conditioners or television and radio antennas.
  • Perform wiring, plumbing, electrical or carpentry services.
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