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A refrigerator is an electrical appliance that every family now owns. However, not everyone knows how to move the refrigerator properly to avoid affecting the components inside the cabinet. So today, we will show you how to move the refrigerator safely and correctly!
1. Step to properly move a newly purchased refrigerator
You don’t need to worry about a newly purchased refrigerator because you will almost always receive the support of the technical staff at the store you buy it from. They will ship the product and install it at home for you. Here are some steps to properly move the refrigerator for newly purchased products:
Step 1: Move the cabinet carefully, place the fridge on a flat surface
You need to move the refrigerator carefully inside the house and put it on flat ground.
Step 2: Stabilize gas from 4 – 24 hours
Just put the refrigerator on the ground, where the cabinet needs to be installed, for about 4 – 24 hours to help the fridge stabilize gas. No need to plug the cord into an electrical outlet at this time.
Step 3: Plug in power to the refrigerator
Step 4: Put the food inside the cabinet
After the temperature stabilizes, you put the food inside the refrigerator.
2. Steps to properly move a used refrigerator to another location
In case you want to move the refrigerator in use to another location or another place for the convenience of the family’s living space, then follow the steps to move the refrigerator as follows properly:
Step 1: Take out all the food inside the refrigerator
Take out all the food stored inside the refrigerator to ensure that the food is not bumped, broken, or crushed when you move the refrigerator.
Step 2: Remove the shelves to the outside
To reduce weight and maintain product durability, you should disassemble the shelves inside the cabinet. In case they get disturbed, bump into each other, and cause cracks.
Step 3: Unplug the refrigerator
You need to unplug the refrigerator from the power source to avoid danger. After that, you should rewind the refrigerator cord to avoid entanglement for you during the move of the refrigerator.
Step 4: Freeze and dry the cabinet before moving
Defrosting the refrigerator takes a lot of time for you to move the refrigerator. Therefore, you need to wait about 6-8 hours for the ice inside the refrigerator to melt.
Then, use a dry towel to absorb all the water inside the cabinet; make sure the inside is dry before moving the refrigerator. Because water can creep and leak into the refrigerator board, it is easy to damage components.
Step 5: Fix the cabinet door tightly
After defrosting and cleaning the water inside the refrigerator, you need to close the refrigerator door tightly. You can use rubber bands to fasten the door to the body of the refrigerator so that it does not open when transporting it (especially in case the refrigerator rubber gasket is too old or loose).
Wrap around the refrigerator with a large food wrap, thick cloth, or any other thick material. This helps keep the refrigerator’s surface from being scratched during movement.
Step 6: Move the cabinet gently and safely
You can use the device to move the refrigerator. Still, it is necessary to minimize the collision of the fridge with other furniture, corridors, etc., and walls during the movement of the fridge.
In particular, when moving the refrigerator down or up the stairs, at least two people are needed to ensure the two ends of the refrigerator and better control the collision of the cabinet (if any).
Step 7: Put the refrigerator in the new location and continue to use it
When moving the fridge to the position to be placed. It would help if you let the refrigerator stabilize the gas for about 3 hours before plugging it in and using it.
3. Steps to properly move the refrigerator over long distances
If you want to move the refrigerator long distance, the method is similar to the 2 cases that we instructed above. However, there are some differences as follows:
- Prepare the necessary tools.
- Rubber band, nylon rope.
- Glass tape.
- Carton box.
- Wrapping film or impact-resistant foam.
Step 1: Unplug the power cord
- You unplug the power to disconnect the power supply to the refrigerator, then wind the electrical wire neatly with nylon or zinc. Then, you open the refrigerator door to defrost, which takes about 4-6 hours.
Step 2: Clean the refrigerator
- During the defrosting time, you remove all the food inside the refrigerator. Next, wait for the ice to melt, and use a towel to wipe and clean the cabinet.
- You also move the shelves out of the cabinet, or after cleaning, you fix them with glass tape so that the shelves are not disturbed or fall off, bumping into each other while moving the refrigerator. Finally, you close the door or tie it with a rubber band to the cabinet’s body.
Step 3: Cover the refrigerator
- After cleaning the refrigerator, you put the fridge inside the carton lined with foam to minimize scratches on the outside cabinet during transportation.
Step 4: Move and transport carefully
- You need to move the refrigerator with a trolley to the truck carefully. At the same time, you must be gentle and careful when placing the fridge in the appropriate position on the transport vehicle.
- When you transport by motorbike, it is recommended to place the refrigerator in a standing position to minimize the impact on the gas inside the compressor and the gas pipe. In addition, it is necessary to control the vehicle’s speed and pay attention to the corners of the refrigerator because it may collide with other vehicles during driving.
4. Some notes when moving the refrigerator
Here are some things to keep in mind as you move your refrigerator with any of the cases we’ve shared above:
- Pay attention to the position of the refrigerator when transporting long distances. Avoid placing the refrigerator horizontally because it can affect the gas and gas pipes.
- Shields should be installed around the refrigerator to protect the fridge’s capillaries better.
- It is necessary to wait for the refrigerator to stabilize the gas for about 3 hours before plugging it in and using it. In the case of a new refrigerator, you need to wait about 6-24 hours before plugging it in.
- Moving and transporting the refrigerator requires at least two people to minimize the situation of the refrigerator hitting other obstacles.
- Close and secure the refrigerator door, and coil the wire neatly before moving the refrigerator.
- Cover the refrigerator with a cloth or food film carton to minimize scratches on the surface of the refrigerator when moving.
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