How to Move a Refrigerator

Whether it's time to clean out behind the fridge or move it to a new home, you need to know how to move it safely.


Take all of the trays, shelves and other moveable parts out of the fridge.

Unplug the refrigerator.

Defrost the fridge, if necessary.

Disconnect the icemaker if you have one.

Fasten the freezer and fridge doors shut with rope or bungee cords. (Tape may damage the finish.)

Tilt the unit backward and slide a piece of carpet (pile side down) under the feet if you are moving it on linoleum or tile. Use smooth plastic lids if the kitchen is carpeted.

Move the unit upright, never on its side or back.

Things You Will Need

  • Used Carpets Scraps
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Refrigerators
  • Paper Towels
  • Bungee Cords
  • Paper towels


  • For storing the fridge, tie the doors shut on an object such as a cup or empty can. This will keep the door secure without allowing mildew to grow inside.
  • Be sure to wipe the unit out with warm, soapy water before storing.
  • Leave a paper towel with some vanilla extract on it in the unit if it will be sitting for awhile or has a bad smell.


  • Enlist the help of another person to move a refrigerator ' it's too heavy and bulky for one person to move safely.
  • If you are discarding the fridge, be sure to remove the doors to ensure that curious children or pets won't get trapped inside.