preparing large appliances for moving, it is important that they be
clean and dry to avoid the build up of mildew and mold. Grease left on a
stovetop will catch dust and dirt in your shipment, and leave spots on
anything it touches. Dry out refrigerators and freezers before moving,
especially those with an icemaker.
Remember to turn off or unplug any appliance before preparing,
Clean and dry thoroughly. Disconnect and drain hoses. Leave the door
open for a few days prior to moving. Wrap dry hoses in towels and
packing paper and place inside the dishwasher.
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Protect your appliance from freezing by thoroughly draining and then
wiping up any excess water.
Clean and dry thoroughly. Disconnect and drain hoses.
- Wrap metal connector ends of hoses in a towel and place inside
washer before moving.
- Secure the tub following the manufacturer's guidelines to prevent
swaying. Note: If you don't have the manufacturer's guidelines, you can
purchase a washer kit with a manual that provides instructions on how to
secure the tub by tightening down the tub using screws. If you prefer
not to do it yourself, there are many third party service providers.
- Upon arrival to your new home, have the washer installed by a
Before cleaning, unplug or turn off the dryer from electrical power.
- Clean the lint screen.
- Prior to plugging in your electric dryer at your new residence,
have your power supply checked for the correct electrical requirements.
- If you are moving a gas dryer, the appliance should be
disconnected and the gas line capped off prior to moving by a qualified
- The driver and the movers are not
qualified to perform this service. You will need to make third party
Clean thoroughly. Detach all removable parts and pack safely in a
box, clearly marked with the contents.
- If you are moving a gas range, it must be disconnected prior to
moving by a qualified service technician. The gas line must be properly
- If you have an electric range, generally no servicing at your
present residence is required.
- When arriving at your new residence with your gas range, you will
need a qualified gas installer to check your gas supply, connect the gas
line, seal any openings, light the pilot, and handle any other hook-up
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There are products designed to keep your refrigerator clean, dry, and
mildew free while moving; check at a hardware or grocery store.
Dispose of all perishables. See
our list of Items That Cannot Be Shipped.
- Unplug the power cord, wash all removable parts, and dry
- Allow the parts and the including the interior of the refrigerator
and freezer, to dry thoroughly prior to moving to allow all moisture to
- Pack all loose parts including bins and shelves in a secured,
approved container for moving.
- Vacuum the condenser or compressor.
- Empty and clean the evaporator pan; allow time for it to dry.
- Before moving, turn off the water and disconnect the water line if
you have a cold water dispenser or automatic icemaker.
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At the destination, allow 24 hours before operating. This will allow
time for the oil to settle, preventing damage to the compressor.
- The water reservoir should also be emptied.
- If your refrigerator or freezer is an older model, you may have to
have the compressor or motor bolted down while moving.
- Have icemaker and water dispenser connected to water line by a
- Copper tubing, a shut off valve and fittings may be required.
Once your icemaker is in service, dispose of the first few batches of
ice to clear out any impurities from the water line.
Glass trays should be removed, wrapped, and securely packed in a
The microwave can be placed in its original box, if
available and still in good shape, or in a well-cushioned moving
- If your microwave is large, ask your moving company
if it can be pad-wrapped on moving day.
- Do not place cardboard in the door opening because it can spring
the door during transit.
- Take care not to block the exhaust vent when installing it at your