Moving and storing appliances such as refrigerators, stoves, dishwashers, and microwaves can be difficult because these items are heavy and prone to damage in transit. Whether you are planning to store your appliances temporarily while you move or want them in safekeeping for future use, here are some tips for you:
General Appliance Storage Tips
- Check the instruction manual for each appliance if you still have it around. It will often have specific manufacturer’s instructions on how to prepare the appliance for moving and storage
- It’s very important to do a thorough cleaning with mild dish detergent. Any leftover food or bacteria can result in odor, mold, and bugs
- Allow every item to dry completely before storing because excess moisture can allow for odor and bacteria to grow
- If you are moving multiple items, place appliances in the moving vehicle last so they can be removed first
Moving and Storing a Refrigerator
Defrost your refrigerator three days prior to the move. Drain icemakers and water dispensers and allow them to dry completely. Remove all drawers and removable shelves for a more thorough cleaning. Wash the inside and dust the outside. Transport the refrigerator upright, and never on its side, which can lead to damage. Tape the doors shut while in trasport. Once in storage, remove tape and leave door slightly open to prevent moisture.
Moving and Storing a Stove
Remove pans and any removable shelves for a thorough cleaning. If it’s a gas stove, you’ll need to have a professional come in to turn of gas and remove piping. Keep the piping inside stove for easy access. If it’s an electric stove, you can unplug it yourself when you are ready to move it. Tape down knobs to prevent damage in transit. Tape the plug to the side of the stove for safekeeping while in storage.
Moving and Storing a Dishwasher
After cleaning, allow to air dry with door open for at least 24 hours. Remove hoses and clean separately. Wrap hoses in towels or newspaper for protection and place inside dishwasher. Tape cord to side of dishwasher for safekeeping while in storage.
Moving and Storing a Microwave
Remove glass plate or turntable and clean separately. Place the microwave in its original packaging if possible. If not, choose a heavy duty cardboard box and use filler such as bubble wrap or newspaper to prevent damage. Always tape door shut for transport.