Tips For Moving A Refrigerator Into Storage

If you have a refrigerator that you need to temporarily move into a self-storage unit, here are a few tips to follow. 

Defrost Your Fridge In Advance

Don't make the mistake of unplugging your refrigerator right before you need to move it. If your refrigerator has a freezer, it will need some time to defrost so that all the ice can melt. Throw some towels in the bottom of the freezer and on your floor to soak up all the water that will leak out from it. The refrigerator should be completely dry before you move it into storage since it will create an environment in storage where mold can grow.

Clean Your Fridge

Now is also a good time to clean out your fridge to remove anything that can cause odors or cause mold to form over time. Don't use an abrasive cleaner, like ammonia or bleach, on the inside of the fridge. Instead, use a mixture of baking soda and water that will be safe and get the job done. You will also want to remove the dust from the coils on the back of the refrigerator. Use a vacuum cleaner on the coils to get the dust off pretty easily.

Never Put The Refrigerator On Its Side

When it comes time to move the refrigerator to the storage unit, know that you should never put the refrigerator on its side during transit. This can cause the compressor to become damaged accidentally, and the refrigerator will not work the same when you eventually take it out of storage. Keep the refrigerator upright at all times.

Rent A Unit Without Climate Controls

A refrigerator is something that does not need a storage unit with climate controls to keep it in good condition. This can help you save money on your storage costs until you get the refrigerator out again. A good rule of thumb is if the item you are storing can survive in your garage then it can go in a storage unit without climate controls.

Prop The Door Open

When you get the refrigerator in the storage unit, you'll want to prop the door open to keep air circulating inside the refrigerator. This will really help prevent odors from forming in the fridge when it's time to get the refrigerator again. You can always hang the cord over the top of the refrigerator so that it prevents the door from closing.