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Tips for Appliance Storage

How To | September 4, 2014

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The hardest items in the home to prepare for storage or moving are appliances. Appliances such as washers and dryers, refrigerators, dishwashers, or microwaves are often awkward to move. If you want your appliances to be easily set-up in your new home, you need to follow the proper steps in moving and storage

This post focuses on tips for preparing and moving refrigerators, stoves, dishwashers and microwaves. Check manufacturer’s instructions for specific storage/moving information for each appliance before you start the moving process. Some of the preparation needed will be specific for a particular appliance. Other appliances can follow general preparation tips.

For any appliance, the most important thing to do before moving is a thorough cleaning. This means removing all food and scrubbing the appliance inside and out.  When moving appliances, place them last on the truck, so they will be the removed first at the new home or storage facility.

How to Move a Refrigerator

  1. Defrost refrigerator at least 3 days before moving.
  2. Drain icemakers and water supplies and allow them to thoroughly dry.
  3. Remove the trays and drawers from the refrigerator and clean with a mild detergent. Wash down the inside of the refrigerator with a mild detergent.
  4. Dust or vacuum the coils on the outside of the refrigerator.
  5. When moving the refrigerator, transport upright. Placing the refrigerator on its side could damage some of the refrigeration coils.
  6. Tape the doors shut while in transit. When it is placed in a storage unit, remove the tape and leave the door slightly ajar to prevent moisture build-up.

How to Store a Stove

  1. Before cleaning, remove any pans (broiler pan) from the inside of the stove.
  2. Clean the stove inside and out.
  3. If it is a gas stove, have a professional turn off the gas and disengage the piping. Place the piping inside the stove for safe keeping.
  4. If it is an electric stove, it can just be unplugged when you are moving.
  5. Tape down the knobs on the stove to prevent them from becoming loose in transit.
  6. Tape the plug to the side of the appliance for transport.

How to Store a Dishwasher

  1. Unplug and thoroughly clean the dishwasher. Let the dishwasher air dry for at least 24 hours before packing it for moving.
  2. Disconnect and clean the hoses. Once these are dry, wrap them in towels or newsprint for protection. Place the hoses inside the dishwasher for easy access.
  3. Leave the dishwasher door open for a little bit of time before moving.
  4. Tape the cord onto the side of the dishwasher for transport.

How to Store a Microwave

  1. Remove the glass turntable inside the microwave and thoroughly clean the microwave inside and out.
  2. If possible, place the microwave back in its original packaging.
  3. If the original packaging is not available, the microwave can be stored in a very sturdy cardboard box. Make sure to add lots of filler material (newsprint, bubble wrap, or linens) to give extra protection.
  4. Tape the glass door shut during transport with the cords on taped on the side of the appliance.

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Self storage is a great home storage solution for short-term and long-term storage for appliances. By properly preparing them for moving or storage, you will be able to keep the items in good working order when you need them. Stop by any of the 49 Baltimore, Northern Virginia, and Washington D.C. area ezStorage locations to see how we can help with your storage needs!  We have a variety of storage unit sizes to fit household goods, clothing, appliances and furniture.

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