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10 Tips for Moving and Storing a Washer and Dryer

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September 12, 2019

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5 min

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Household appliances are very expensive. If you are moving appliances to a new home or placing them in storage for future use, you want to make sure that you keep the appliances in good shape and working order so you can continue to use the appliances for many years. Every appliance will require different steps to get them ready for moving. Preparing a washer and dryer for moving and storage is going to be different than preparing a stove or refrigerator. If the washer and dryer are in the basement moving the appliances up and down stairs can be difficult if you have not planned ahead.

It is very important to properly prepare washers and dryers for storage in order to keep them protected from damage during moving and while in storage. With any appliance, consult the owner’s manual for specific manufacturer instructions on transporting a washer or dryer.

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Below are tips on how to store and move a washing machine and dryer.

How to Prepare a Washer and Dryer for Storage

1. Clean the Washer and Dryer

A week before you need to move the appliance, run a clean rinse in the washer to remove any detergent in the washer. If there is harder-to-remove detergent, run a vinegar solution through with the rinse cycle. For the dryer, remove any debris and lint left over from the last load of laundry.

2. Disconnect the Hose from the Wall

After you run the last rinse cycle, shut off the cold and hot water valves from the wall. If the appliances are hooked up to gas power, turn off the gas and remove the hose very carefully from the wall. You should always consult a professional if you are not certain about disconnecting from gas. Don’t forget to switch off the washer and dryer’s circuit breakers.

3. Remove and Wash Lint Trap

Remove the lint traps and other removable parts from the dryer. Wash them using a mild mixture of soap and water. Make sure that all washer and dryer parts that you removed are also dry to prevent the accumulation of mold and rust.

4. Let the Appliances Dry Before Storage

Allow the washer and dryer to thoroughly dry after you clean them. Leave the washing machine door open for a few days to ensure it is completely dry.

5. Keep the Hoses and Electrical Tape in the Washer and Dryer

Store the hoses within the appliances for safe keeping. Also, place electrical wiring inside the appliance, so you will not lose them in transit.

6. Always Use a Dolly When Moving a Washer and Dryer

When moving washer and dryer, place the appliances on a moving dolly. Secure the appliances to the dolly with bungee cords or rope.

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How to Move a Washer & Dryer

1. Tape the Appliance Doors Shut

Use strong tape to hold the doors and latches shut during travel.

2. Wrap the Washer and Dryer in Moving Blankets

Transporting the washing machine and dryer should be done very carefully in order to prevent scratches, broken doors and hinges. Wrap blankets around the appliance to help prevent scratches.

3. Load the Washer and Dryer onto Truck Last

Load the washer and dryer last into the moving truck. They will be the first items removed when you are at your new home or storage unit.

How to Store a Washer and Dryer

Now that you know how to move a washer and dryer, it is time to store it. Keep your appliances in the best shape by following these tips for moving and storing a washer and dryer!

1. Keep the Doors Ajar in Storage

If you are putting your appliances in storage, keep the doors slightly ajar to assure air flow. You can use the dryer for additional storage of linens, pillows and blankets while in the storage unit.

2. Cover the Washer and Dryer in Storage

While in storage, place a blanket or cotton sheet over the washer and dryer. Do not use a plastic tarp or cover as that can block air flow.

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