Cleaning your refrigerator before storage

5 Steps to Storing a Refrigerator

Storing a Refrigerator

When moving there is a lot of things that a person has to think about and keeping the fridge is one of them. The refrigerator is a large piece of equipment and it takes a bit of work storing a refrigerator. Here below are some simple and well trusted tips to keep your fridge stored well.

Step 1. Cleaning the Refrigerator

The first thing you are going to want to do is clean the fridge out. No food, or bottles or anything inside. Unplug the fridge and let it defrost. Most refrigerator companies recommend you let it defrost for about a week

Step 2 Pull out all of the shelves and leave the doors open.

Be sure to place a towel at the bottom of the fridge to catch any water that will form. While the fridge is defrosting, you are going to want to wash it. Using a couple tablespoons of baking soda per quart of water will be perfect to help get the smell out and clean away all the food debris. This will also ensure that you will not have any mold growing in the fridge while it is stored.

5 steps to storing your refrigerator

Step 3 Clean the Coils

After cleaning the inside, pull the fridge out and clean off the coils in the back, using a vacuum or cloth to brush them off and clean them free of dust. Then you can prep it for the big move.

Step 4 Keep the Fridge Upright

When storing your fridge, you are going to want to make sure it stays upright. Do not tilt it or let it be stored on its side. Move it with a dolly to make sure you do not injure yourself in this process. When moving the fridge, it is likely that it will be tipped or might go on inside, if this is the case, be sure to wait at least 48 hours before plugging it in, so the gas compressor will be free of fluids.

Step 5 Keep the fridge dry

The last thing you want is mold to grow inside of it, so when storing it be sure to take off the door, or at least keep something wedged into the door to keep it open, that will help prevent mold and mildew from growing inside. Then once it is ready to go back home. Give it 48 hours to rest before plugging it back in.

Storing a Refrigerator

The refrigerator takes a bit of work to ensure it is ready to store. We hoped you enjoyed our simple and well trusted tips to storing a refrigerator.