Successfully moving a fridge requires proper preparation and following a few key steps. By having the correct information and planning ahead, you can make the process hassle-free. In this guide, we will answer the top 10 frequently asked questions about how to move a fridge and provide professional advice to help you confidently navigate the process. We will cover everything from transporting the fridge to securing its parts, so that you can ensure a safe and stress-free move.
1 – Can a fridge be moved lying down?
Ideally, it is recommended not to move a fridge lying down. Transporting a refrigerator in an upright position is the safest method as it helps prevent potential damage to the internal components. However, if it becomes absolutely necessary to move a fridge horizontally, ensure it is laid on its back. Do not lay a refrigerator on its side for transportation, as it may damage the compressor.
2 – How long should a fridge settle after moving it?
After installing a Mitsubishi Electric refrigerator in a new location, it is safe to turn it on immediately without causing any damage. This will help your fridge cool down faster, allowing you to store your food sooner. However, if it was necessary to move the fridge on its back (never transport a fridge on its side), it is best to wait for about 30 minutes before turning it on again. This is to ensure that the oil has returned to the compressor in case it migrated out during the move.
It is important to note that the recommended waiting period may differ from brand to brand, so it is advisable to consult your manufacturer’s user manual for their specific instructions. Some refrigerator models may require you to wait for a certain period of time, such as 2 to 3 hours or even up to 24 hours before plugging them in again. This waiting period allows the internal components, especially the refrigerant and oil in the compressor, to settle properly.
3 – When should a fridge be turned off before moving?
Turning off and unplugging the refrigerator at least 24 hours before moving is generally advisable. Allowing ample time for the fridge to defrost (if necessary) and for the internal components to reach room temperature. Turning off the refrigerator in advance can also avoid potential water leaks during the move.
4 – Should I empty the contents of the fridge before moving it?
Yes, it is advisable to empty the contents of the fridge before moving it. Remove all items, including food and beverages, and securely pack and transport them separately to prevent spills or spoilage during the move. Make sure to empty any water or ice from the ice maker or water tank as well. Thoroughly clean the fridge and secure any removable parts before turning it off.
5 – How do I clean the fridge before moving it?
It is recommended to clean the interior and exterior of the fridge before moving, as you have unrestricted access to all of the empty compartments. To do so, use a mild detergent and warm water to remove any food residue or spills. Make sure to wipe dry to prevent moisture build-up.
6 – How do I secure the fridge during the move?
When you move your fridge, it’s important to secure the doors properly to prevent them from swinging open and getting damaged. To do this, use strong tape or bungee cords to hold the doors closed during the move. However, make sure to use moving blankets or pads as a buffer between the tape and the door’s surface to avoid leaving marks.
If the shelves and leg cover are removable, it’s best to take them out and pack them separately to prevent breakage. Additionally, carefully coil and secure the cord to prevent tripping hazards.
7 – What equipment do I need to move a fridge safely?
To safely move a refrigerator over a long distance, you will need a sturdy dolly or hand truck, moving straps or ropes, moving blankets or pads for protection, towels, and a measuring tape to ensure doorways and pathways are wide enough. If you’re uncertain about moving the fridge yourself or if it’s a large and heavy unit (usually it requires at least 2 people), consider hiring the services of a professional removalist.
8 – How do I protect the fridge from scratches and damage during the move?
To ensure the fridge is protected during transport, wrap it in moving blankets or pads to provide cushioning against scratches and minor impacts. Secure the blankets in place with packing tape, but avoid using plastic wrap or tape directly on the fridge. This could cause moisture build-up or leave marks on the surface.
9 – What are the potential risks or problems that can occur during the move?
Possible risks during the move include scratches, dents, damage to internal components, and injury to yourself or others. Proper planning, using appropriate equipment, following safety precautions, consulting the manufacturer’s user manual for advice and seeking professional moving help if you need it can help minimise these risks.
10 – How do I level a fridge once moved?
When setting up your refrigerator, it’s essential to ensure that it’s properly levelled. Failing to do so may result in the cabinet being uneven and the doors not sealing correctly, potentially impacting performance. Use a level to check that it’s even from side to side and front to back. Adjust the levelling feet to ensure the fridge is stable and balanced. For more advice, Mitsubishi Electric has tips on how to level your refrigerator after moving on their homeowner support page.
It’s important to remember to always refer to the specific instructions provided by the fridge manufacturer for your particular model to ensure you follow the recommended guidelines for a safe and successful fridge move. You can find the user manual for your Mitsubishi Electric fridge model on the Homeowner Support page.
If you’re not confident moving the fridge yourself, it’s a good idea to get help from professionals. Experienced removalists who specialise in handling appliances have the expertise, equipment, and insurance to ensure a safe move.
Moving a fridge doesn’t have to be stressful. Follow these expert answers to the most common questions about moving a refrigerator, and you can do it confidently. Plan ahead, get the things you need, and take precautions to protect your fridge during the move. If you’re unsure, check the manufacturer’s instructions or ask a professional removalist for help.
Good luck with your move!