How to Move a Refrigerator Without Killing Yourself


How to Move a Refrigerator Without Killing Yourself


There’s a reason why many people choose to sell their appliances along with their homes—these are some of the bulkiest, most difficult items to move from one location to the next. Even if you’re just trying to move a refrigerator to clean behind and underneath it, these tall, boxy, heavy, delicate beasts can be tricky to deal with.

If you find yourself needing to move your fridge to a new location within your home, load it into a pickup truck to move it across town, or to prepare it for a longer journey, you can use the following tips to complete the move with both you and the refrigerator in one piece.

Preparing to Move a Refrigerator

If you need to unplug your fridge for any length of time, you’ll need to take the following steps beforehand:

Sliding Your Fridge Forward

Fortunately most refrigerators have wheels on the back for easy maneuvering. There are a few of different methods you can use to get your fridge across the floor without leaving a trail of scratch marks.

Protecting Your Refrigerator for Longer Moves

In order to prevent damage to your fridge, it’s best to keep it in the upright position at all times. Moving a fridge on its side can risk oil leaking out of the compressor and into the coolant system, while moving it on its back risks damage to the coils. In addition, you can take the following steps to protect your fridge during a long distance move:

Moving a Refrigerator Up or Downstairs

If you (or someone else) got your refrigerator into your house, it stands to reason that you should be able to get it back out, however impossible the task may seem when you eye the fridge and the doorways and staircases it may need to traverse.

Loading a Refrigerator Into a Pickup Truck

While moving a fridge with a pickup truck can be challenging, it can definitely be done, especially if the fridge is a smaller model.

After you’ve safely moved the refrigerator to its new location, plug it in and let it chill for 72 hours before filling it with groceries.

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