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How to Move a Refrigerator

by Product Specialist


Whether you have just purchased a new refrigerator or you need to move your current one, it's not an easy task. Refrigerators are heavy and bulky, making them difficult to maneuver for even the strongest person. To make it as easy on yourself as possible, remove all food, beverages, and other items from the refrigerator before you attempt to move it. Be sure to pack the items in boxes and place them out of the way so you don't stumble on them when relocating the refrigerator. Additionally, take out movable drawers and shelves to lighten the load even more.

Make Sure Your Path is Clear

Due to the way your home is laid out, you may not be able to carry the refrigerator in a straight line. That's why you need to make sure that the entire area surrounding your proposed path is free and clear of any tripping hazards. You should also measure the opening of your door frame against the dimensions of the refrigerator to ensure that it will fit through with ease. If the refrigerator is too large, you may need to disassemble it to get it into the house.

Extra Precautions

To prevent the door from flying open while you're moving the unit, tape it shut with strong packing tape. You may also want to consider placing padding all the way around the refrigerator to ensure it doesn't get scratched or dented while in transit. Lastly, you can save the strain on your legs and back by buying or renting a dolly for the day. As long as you can get the refrigerator onto it, you just need to push it into place and then remove it from the dolly.