2. Defrost it.
One of the most important things to remember when moving a fridge freezer is that you will need to defrost the unit fully, allowing plenty of time for the ice to clear, before attempting to lift and load it. The main reason for this is simply that once unplugged, the ice inside will start to melt and the water will start to leak out into the vehicle or your home.
Generally, it takes around 8 to 10 hours for a fridge freezer to defrost fully, but to be on the safe side it is good practice to start the defrosting process earlier or even the day before. This will provide you with a bit of extra time to dry the unit out fully with towel before moving time arrives.
3. Move it.
The main thing when it comes to moving a fridge freezer is to enlist some help. Whether yours is an American-style, freestanding or integrated, or even a smart fridge with internet connectivity, fridges and freezers are notoriously big and bulky and can be awkward when attempting to lift on your own. Booking a delivery service will ensure your appliance is handled by experienced hands that will ensure neither you or your refrigerated appliance are harmed in the removal process!
Your chosen delivery driver will have the right equipment, such as a moving dolly, to ensure your fridge freezer doesn’t cause any damage to the floor; as well as making it easier to lift, navigate and even move up and down staircases. (When booking with SoonAs, we’d advise you to always get in touch with the driver before confirming your job, just to make sure they are clear as to the equipment required for your specific item).
Once lifted onto the dolly, the appliance should be strapped securely in place to prevent it from coming unattached and then once it is loaded onto the vehicle, it should be carefully secured again to avoid any movement or tipping during transit. It’s always advisable to transport fridge freezer appliances upright, to prevent any oil from leaking into the cooling tubes, as this can cause permanent damage.
When your appliance arrives at its destination, you should wait a few hours before you plug it back in – this allows any oils or fluids to settle and avoids damaging any of the parts or components of your fridge freezer. After this period of time has passed, plug it in, pop your shelves back in and you’re ready to re-stock with your favourite food and drink items.
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