How To Move A Refrigerator

As part of Oz Moving & Storage’s “Moving Tough Stuff” blog series, we talked to appliance superstore AJ Madison, Brooklyn's own. The AJM guys gave us some great tips on how to move a refrigerator and keep it in good shape while moving it from one place to the next. Read their tips below the line.


how to move a refrigerator

(photo via Foreclosure Paradise)

Out with the old and in with the new! Everyone loves having a new home and new appliances but moving those heavy refrigerators can be such a hassle. Our friends at Oz Moving asked us to share a little of their expertise with them and give them an idea of how we handle moving an icebox.


1. How long have you been in appliances/how long have you been moving refrigerators?

We were founded in 2001 and have been working with refrigerator and major appliance shipping since then.


2. Give us an overview of the refrigerator moving process.

It’s easier than people think, so long as you have the right equipment and don’t cut corners. To move a refrigerator you simply need to 1. empty it and 2. defrost if necessary. Then 3. unplug it and 4. slide it out and onto a moving dolly. It’s best to 5. secure the doors so that they don’t open while you 6. wheel it away!


3. What shortcuts do people take that they shouldn’t moving refrigerators? What are some shortcuts or “lifehacks” that you like to use and would recommend?

Typically the problems we see result from people not taking the time to defrost or wrap the doors before putting the refrigerator on a dolly. The doors will end up flopping around and potentially leaking causing significant delays in moving. One “lifehack” we’d recommend is using a moving blanket or any thick sheet or blanket to cover the refrigerator when moving it. This way any accidental bumps or scrapes won’t damage your furniture or home.


4. Given the tight spaces that refrigerators come out of and go into, what do movers have to be mindful of?

As with moving any large appliance the number one thing every mover should do is examine the home before any actual moving begins. Planning the path you will take should be the first step in moving your refrigerator.



5. What kind of tools are used to move a refrigerator?

You’ll need a hand cart or dolly – the size of the refrigerator will determine how large a hand cart you will need. In addition to this you will need something to tie down the doors. Professionals use a rachet strap which when tightened will not re-open, but as long as you’re careful you can just use a few bungee cords to make sure the doors remain closed.

6. Is there any disassembly or reassembly involved in moving a refrigerator?

When moving a refrigerator it’s actually better to leave everything assembled so you can grip it from any angle. However, when disposing a refrigerator it is essential that you remove the doors so that children or small animals do not get trapped inside.

Thanks again to AJ Madison for their great tips and photos! You can find AJ Madison in Brooklyn at 3605 13th Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11218. Like them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, follow them on Instagram, or give them a call at (718) 532-1800. 

Be sure to check out How to Move a Safe and How to Move a Hot Tub for more tips on moving tough stuff

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