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You Ought to Know These Safety Tips for Moving a Refrigerator

Safety Tips for Moving a Refrigerator
If relocation is on your mind, then moving appliances is the first thing you should worry about, given their size and complexity. Moving a refrigerator is one such delicate task that should be done very carefully.
Ashwini Kulkarni Sule
Last Updated: Apr 22, 2018
Moving home appliances while shifting to a new house is not only time-consuming, but their massive sizes often makes it impossible to do the job single-handedly. Appliances like refrigerators need a very careful handling. Risk while transporting appliances such as refrigerators mostly comes in the form of damage to delicate internal components. Hence, make sure you avoid bumpy rides while moving it from one location to the other.
Before Moving a Refrigerator
Take out all the contents from the refrigerator and defrost the refrigerator at least 6 hours before moving.

Remove all the trays, shelves, and other detachable parts from the refrigerator and pack them separately. Switch off the power supply and remove the cord from its socket.

Bind the door of the refrigerator with a rope or cord. Do not use a tape as it can damage the finish of the refrigerator or may leave a residue.
Safest Method of Moving a Refrigerator
Always move a refrigerator in an upright position. While lifting the refrigerator, make sure you don't tilt it too much.

If the new location is only a few blocks away, use an appliance dolly to transport the refrigerator. Lift the refrigerator and slowly place it on the dolly and then roll the dolly to its new position.

If the place is considerably far, hire a truck and transport the refrigerator to its new location.
Transporting On Side
Laying the refrigerator on its side involves a risk of running the oil from the compressor into the cooling tubes. If you must, lay the refrigerator on the opposite side of the discharge line.

Check your user's manual to locate the position of the discharge line in your refrigerator. Never lay the refrigerator flat on its side. Let the top end be positioned at a higher level than the lower end. This way, you can reduce the risk of the oil running into the cooling tubes.
Transporting On Back
This is the most unsafe position for transporting a refrigerator. In case you cannot avoid it, at least make sure it is not completely laid on its back.

Prop the top end at some height from the base. You can place a box under the top end so that it makes an angle with the base.
After Moving the Refrigerator
Once the refrigerator is positioned at its new place, set it upright. Leave it in the upright position for at least a couple of hours before plugging in. This helps the oil to flow back in the compressor.

After plugging in, it takes the refrigerator about 72 hours to return to its ideal cooling temperature. If you still experience problems with cooling, do not hesitate to call a professional repair person.
While the above tips mostly assure safe transportation of a refrigerator, one should always go through the manual to understand model specific safety guidelines.