02 May Moving a Fridge Freezer – Installation, Maintenance, Cleaning.
Moving a fridge freezer is a complex and tedious task. Doesn’t matter if you want to install it into a different room or transport it to a new address – in both cases, it’s a risky move that can lead to a lot of hassle.
General Tips During Fridge/freezer Transportation:
Keep the fridge upright when loading it into a vehicle. This minimizes the chances of compromising the sealed system but also protects from causing disconnection of components inside the fridge.
If transporting the fridge upright is not possible:
- Lay the fridge down opposite to the direction at which its doors open. This will prevent spontaneous door openings.
- If dealing with French door freezers, do not place in a total vertical position. Try to move through the doors only by tilting the domestic appliance a little bit.
- Small-sized freezers should also be transported upright whenever this is possible. Compact fridge/freezer appliances have a specific drain design that is often problematic if drain water travels back into the appliance.
- Monogram refrigerators with a size much larger than the average, are best transported in a van by professionals. Maintaining an upright position during loading and unloading from the vehicle is impossible to complete alone without any specialised tools. Using a dolly during monogram fridge freezers transportation is a common and safe practice. Truck the fridge on the dolly from its left or right side. Never apply pressure on its front or rear sides as there are sensitive electronics.
Moving a Fridge Freezer from One Room to Another
During property renovation, people often make the step to move their fridge from one room to another. Such interior change is necessary and cannot be avoided. It may also impact your budget heavily if you damage the appliance when moving it.
To reduce the risk of incidents we recommend taking as much time as you need to make perfect measures of the whole route. This will guarantee non-problematic transportation to the next spot in your home where you’ll install the fridge freezer.
Moving a Second Hand Fridge Freezer
We often receive questions about moving used (second hand) fridge freezers. Most people think they should do something different when dealing with an appliance that has worked for a lot of time. They are right, here is what you should be careful of during relocation of a second-hand freezer:
- Move a second-hand fridge freezer upright is the correct method of transportation as it protects the compressor from damage.
- Inspect the fridge for loose or missing shelves and drawers. If there are any, insist on a discount.
- Re-adjust temperature settings if necessary. Usually, the optimal settings are marked and are the best option during long-term use of the fridge freezer in terms of productivity and energy consumption.
- Light switches and control buttons should be functioning correctly. Minor scratches or fading images on them are normal and should not affect their operation.
- Search for signs of damage or filth on the condenser coils, located at the rear bottom side of the fridge.
Moving a Fridge Freezer to Clean Behind
Regularly cleaning your fridge is a must. Some models require total disconnection and unfreezing while more modern fridges have a frost-free technology that doesn’t require unplugging before cleaning.
Cleaning underneath and behind the fridge freezer for optimal results is recommended once a year at least. For greater efficiency, in case you’re living in a very polluted area, you can do it twice or even thrice a year. This will most certainly prolong the life period of the appliance, it will also reduce the time at which dust forms on the coils and the condenser.
General Tips For a Successful Fridge Freezer Cleaning
- Search for the steps of this procedure in the manual of your fridge. If you can’t find it, proceed with these basic steps that would do a good job for the majority of fridge freezer models.
- Prepare a cooler where you will store all frozen food during the cleaning of the fridge. Make sure there’s plenty of ice for at least 24 hours.
- Turn off the fridge.
- Disconnect it from the water pipe that fills the ice maker (if your fridge model has one).
- Lay a thin layer of synthetic or cardboard material on the floor on which you will move the fridge to protect the floor from damage.
- Remove and empty the drip pan from the fridge’s bottom. Leave it in water filled with a cleaning agent to easily remove any dirt afterwards.
- Carefully put the fridge freezer on top of the padding with its legs adjusted to their maximum height. This will help you to vacuum under the fridge with greater ease.
Don’t skip the place where you will later return the freezer, remove all dust and fine particles from its spot to make sure it will be put back in a cleaner and safer for its operating environment.
- Slide the refrigerator back to its place while taking extra care for all cables, hanging parts and loose parts that may damage the appliance.
- Re-install the drip pan and anything else you have removed for a more productive clean-up.
- Clean the fridge from the inside before filling it up again. Use safe antibacterial agents and make sure whatever you put back in it is not spoiled. You can double check food in containers that have remained inside the fridge for longer than usual.
How Long to Leave a Fridge Freezer After Moving It
Generally, the required time to leave a fridge unplugged after transportation is not fixed. It’s calculated based on the recommendations from the manufacturer and on other factors such as if the fridge has been used or is a brand new one.
If the fridge freezer has been transported upright it should remain unplugged as long as it’s remained in a moving vehicle.
Fridge freezers that have been placed on their side during long-lasting transportation should be left unplugged for 24 hours in an upright position for proper calibration of the internal components.
When to Turn Fridge Freezer Off Before Moving
Turning a fridge freezer off before moving properly is essential. You need to take good care of its components and prevent the food inside from spoiling.
- If transportation will last long and food will defrost during the time, the best option is to turn the fridge off at least a few hours before the move to unfreeze it.
- While unfreezing, make sure to soak all the water that will drain from the freezer. Move all frozen food into a cooler bag where it will remain well preserved until you re-install your fridge at the new place.