Moving Tips: Moving Appliances

Packing Tips - Moving AppliancesIn preparing large appliances for your move, 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, and unfortunately, leave spots on anything that it touches. Dry out refrigerators and freezers, especially those that contain an ice maker.

Dishwasher

Clean and dry thoroughly. Disconnect and drain hoses. Leave the door open for a few days prior to the move. Wrap dry hoses in towels and packing paper and place inside the dishwasher.

Washing Machine

Clean and dry thoroughly. Disconnect and drain hoses.

  • Wrap metal connector ends of hoses in a towel and place inside washer.
  • Secure the tub following the manufacturer's guidelines to prevent swaying. Note: If you don't have the manufacturers 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 qualified installer.

Clothes Dryer

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. Tip: If you are moving a gas dryer, the appliance should be disconnected and the gas line capped off by a qualified technician. The driver and the crew members are not qualified to perform this service. Your professional estimator can make the arrangements for you.

Stove Top/Range/Oven

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 day by a qualified service technician. The gas line must be properly secured also.
  • 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 requirements

Refrigerator

Dispose of all perishables. See our List of Items That Cannot Be Shipped.

  • Unplug the power cord and wash all removable parts and dry thoroughly.
  • Allow the parts, including the interior of the refrigerator and freezer, to dry thoroughly to allow all moisture to evaporate.
  • Pack all loose parts including bins and shelves in a secured, approved container.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Have ice maker and water dispenser connected to water line by a professional.
  • Copper tubing, a shut off valve and fittings may be required.

Microwave Oven

Any glass trays should be removed, wrapped and securely packed in a carton.

  • The microwave can either be placed in its original box, if available and still in good shape, or a well-cushioned carton.
  • If your microwave is large, ask your moving professional 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 new home.

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