A Foolproof Guide to Moving Large Appliances
Big appliances like your refrigerator or your oven are some of the hardest things to move. Not only are they heavy, but they have a lot of delicate components that you need to treat with care so that you don’t end up damaging them in the move. You need to move them carefully to ensure they make it to the new place in one piece and to avoid damaging your property on the way in or out.
The very best thing you can do to protect your appliances and your property is to hire a Mesa moving company to handle the move for you. Professional movers in Tempe have the skill and proper equipment to move anything quickly and safely. However, if you must move any of your appliances yourself, here’s a guide for how to do it safely:
Refrigerator and Freezer
Before you move your refrigerator or freezer, you need to disconnect them from power and let them defrost thoroughly. Once any ice melts, you need to clean the water out of the inside and clean it thoroughly. Of course, remove any food, beverages, or containers.
Remove any water lines or cords, and make sure the lines are drained. Pack all hoses and cords in a small box or bag, and make sure it is clearly labeled. If there are racks inside the refrigerator or freezer that will move, remove them and pack them.
A dishwasher takes a little more prep for moving also since it runs water. You need to disconnect the water line and make sure it is drained. Then open the door and let the dishwasher dry out thoroughly. Give yourself a couple of days for this process.
Once the dishwasher is completely dry, clean it out. Pack any hoses or cords in a small box or bag, and label it appropriately. You may want to put all the connections for all your appliances in small boxes and then put those in one larger box. That will make it easier to find everything when you are ready to unpack and connect your appliances in your new home.
If you have an electric oven and stove, you just need to clean it thoroughly and allow it to dry before moving it. If you have a gas oven and stove, you need to hire a technician to come to your house and safely disconnect all gas lines. You will also need a technician to reconnect the oven and stove in your new home.
Remove all detachable parts, such as the racks inside the oven, and make sure there are no pans in your warming oven. Pack all cords and removable parts appropriately.
Washer and Dryer
As always, start your preparation by cleaning and drying both appliances. Keep the door on the washer open a day or so to let it air out and dry thoroughly. Clean the barrel on both and don’t forget the lint trap on the dryer!
Disconnect all hoses and cords, and put them in a small box or bag with proper labeling. Don’t put them inside the washer or dryer. The door could pop open during the move, and the cords could fall out and be lost. Even if they weren’t lost, they could get in the way, causing someone to trip and hurt themselves.
Moving large appliances takes more effort to ensure that you do not damage the appliances, damage your property, or hurt yourself. However, if you follow these steps, you can do it safely. Make sure you also use a furniture dolly, straps, and other tools to move these large items.
Of course, the best way to move anything is to hire the professionals to do it. A to Z Valleywide Movers in Gilbert handles both local moves and long distance moves. We have the experienced movers in Scottsdale to handle any move safely, as well as the tools and equipment to ensure that your belongings get there quickly and without damage. We pride ourselves on our exceptional service, and we have the reviews and satisfied customers to show for it. Call us in Gilbert today to get a free quote for your residential or Phoenix commercial move.