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We recommend you have a qualified technician service your washer and drier and secure their drums for transport. Failure to properly prep these appliances before a move can result in costly repairs.

Step One: Disconnect the Unit

It is very important that you shut off the supply of all utility services, gas, electricity and water, to your washer and dryer units before you attempt to move them. Shut off the gas supply valve located behind your gas dryer, and the water supply behind the washer. You should also remove the drain hose from its standpipe and switch off the breakers to any electric washers and dryers. We recommend hiring a professional to handle major utility service. Mistakenly shutting off gas to other appliances can result in dangerous gas leaks.

When you pull your dryer away from the wall, be careful to monitor the tension of hidden vent, electrical or gas supply lines. Depending on the unit, you may have solid or flexible vent pipe, which will likely be secured by screws or a clamp. You might need to loosen permanent fasteners that prevent the unit from moving.

Step Two: Clean & Air Dry

Give your washer and dryer units a thorough cleaning before moving day.  Wipe off the appliance with a damp cloth and mild soap to remove any residue and lint dust. Leave the door open for at least 24 hours after you've disconnected the water supply to ensure that your unit is free of moisture during transit.

Step Three: Secure the Drum

Many washers and dryers come with moving pins or bolts that keep the drum stationary while the unit is being moved. If you do not have your kit, ask a service technician to recommend the best way to secure the drum on your model.

Please Take Notice

Though Chipman is here to see to your every need during your move, for liability and safety reasons, your mover is not allowed to help you disconnect, service or reinstall large appliances. For an additional cost, your moving consultant can pre-arrange servicing for your appliances before your move date. This service will be provided through a trusted, third party service and will be noted in the Bill of Lading.

Your 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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