Moving large items such as Washing Machines, Fridges etc. are a hassle, no matter what the circumstances may be. A washer, a dryer, a refrigerator or a dishwasher is far too big for one person to pick up, and often too big for even two people to pick up and carry.
How to move heavy Appliances including Washing Machines, Fridges etc.
There are a number of angles from which you can approach the problem. Depending on what the appliance is, you may be lucky enough that it's on wheels. Most refrigerator models have some kind of wheels so that you can push them at least part of the way, although you may still have to resort to some other technique in order to maneuver them around angles.
Without wheels or without practical wheels, one easy idea is to use Universal Appliance Rollers or and Scanpart Movable Base. The best ones are the ones that have a long flat edge that you tip it back toward you to can slide underneath the appliance in question then you can push or pull it to the location in which you need it. If you are moving something over a longer distance, it's a good idea to use a rope or bungee cord to secure the appliance in position on the Scanpart Movable Base or Universal Appliance Rollers. It may also be a good idea to have a partner help you guide the appliance or steer for you if it's something particularly large.
Tips for Moving a Fridge:
1. Remove all contents, including freezer items.
2. Unplug the refrigerator and if it has a freezer compartment let the freezer defrost. This will usually take at least 6-8 hours depending on the state of the freezer. It's best to defrost it overnight, and in the morning wipe out the inside.
3. Remove all shelves and other loose items. If you prefer, tape the fridge drawers closed (be careful that tape doesn't leave a mark) or remove them. Wrap the shelves with blankets, towels to protect them during the move. Label the shelves appropriately.
4. Turn off the power source and wrap the cord, securing it out of the way.
5. Secure the doors. With a strong cord or rope, tie the doors closed by wrapping the cord around the fridge. If you have a double-door, tie the doors together tightly. Tape will work as well, but just remember that when you remove the tape, the paint surface might be disturbed.
6. Position it into its new space. Before you plug it in, let the refrigerator sit for at least 2-3 hours. This allows the fluids to flow back into the compressor. This is critical to its cooling mechanism.
Leave it plugged in. It'll take a while before the fridge is ready to use. Some require 3 days before they'll reach an optimum temperature. Check your manual for details.
Always keep the refrigerator standing upright as much as possible. This ensures that oil won't seep into the cooling tubes which can cause permanent damage.
Read the manual. Check moving instructions in your refrigerator's manual before you move. It'll highlight important safety tips and advice and warn you of potential problems.
Tips for moving a washing machine:
Once you have disconnected the washing machine from the plumbing you need to get rid of all the water and secure the drain hose. If you dont then this water will inevitably run all over the floor, as well as the legs and shoes of anyone moving it.
The last time the washing machine was used most of the water was pumped away but there is always at least a pint of water left inside the sump hose and water pump. To remove this water you need to let it siphon out through the drain hose by lowering it below the level of the water inside the washing machine.
The most effective method of siphoning the water out of the washing machine is to move it over to the back door where you can drop the drain hose outside and let it drain away there. Carefully tip the washing machine back a little and then tip it forward to allow as much water as possible to flow into the hole in the bottom of the tub.
If it is difficult or impractical for you to move the washing machine over to the outside door then pull the washing machine out as much as you can and lower the end of the drain hose into a washing-up bowl. If a washing-up bowl isnt available use a large saucepan or similar vessel. A bucket is too high, remember the object is to get the end of the drain hose as low as possible.
Once you have drained the water you need to secure the drain hose, fill hoses (if still connected to the machine, if not put them inside the drum) and mains cable and plug. Try to secure them as much as possible using any clips provided at the back of the machine. Use strong tape to secure them any cable or hose that cant be clipped anywhere.
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