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How to Store a Refrigerator in Storage

Cleveland Van Cecil

A refrigerator is a large appliance, and at some point you may need to store it away for a move or when remodeling your home. Although it may seem as easy as putting the refrigerator away in the garage or a storage shed, there are some things to consider when storing a fridge.

Storing a refrigerator properly prevents accidents and problems with the fridge when used again.

Improperly stored refrigerators can be a danger when rocked back and forth and may become a suffocation hazard when children are around. Proper storage will also ensure that the fridge works when put back in place.

  1. Unplug the refrigerator.

  2. Open the doors of the refrigerator and the freezer to allow the fridge to defrost. Place a towel at the bottom of the fridge to catch any water.

  3. Mix together 1 to 2 tablespoons of backing soda into a quart of water. Wipe the inside of the fridge and freezer with the solution to remove odors and stains.

  4. Pull the fridge out from the wall.

  5. Vacuum the coils on the back of the fridge using a vacuum cleaner with a soft brush attachment on the hose. Remove any dust or debris.

  6. Unhook the drain line at the back of the fridge using a wrench or a pair of pliers, and drain the water from the inside of the fridge.

  7. Tilt the fridge to the side and have a helper slide a dolly underneath the fridge. Tilt the fridge back on to the dolly and move it to your storage area. Keep the fridge upright at all times.

  8. Place the refrigerator in your storage area upright. Place something heavy in front of the refrigerator door to prevent a child from opening it. Alternatively, remove the door of the fridge according to the instructions in the refrigerator manual to prevent any accidents.

  9. Tip

    Always wait 24 hours after moving a refrigerator before plugging it in.