Moving Appliances

When preparing large appliances for a move, it is vital that they be clean and dry to avoid any build up of mildew and mold. Grease left on a stovetop will catch dust and dirt in your shipment and leave spots on anything it touches. Dry out refrigerators and freezers before moving, especially those with an icemaker.

Dishwasher
Clean and dry thoroughly. Disconnect all drain hoses. Leave door open for a few days before moving. Wrap dry hoses in towels and packing paper and place inside the dishwasher.

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Protect your appliance from freezing by thoroughly draining and then wiping up any excess water.

Washing Machine
Clean and dry thoroughly. Disconnect and drain hoses.

  • Wrap metal connector ends of hoses in a towel and place inside washer before moving.
  • Secure tub following manufacturer's guidelines to prevent swaying.
  • Upon arrival to your new home, have washer installed by a qualified installer.
Clothes Dryer
Before cleaning, unplug or turn off the dryer from electric power.

  • Clean the lint screen
  • Have your power supply at your new residence checked for the correct electrical requirements.
  • If you are moving a gas dryer, the appliance will be disconnected and the gas line capped off before being moved by a qualified technician.
  • The driver and the movers are not qualified to perform this service. Make third party arrangements.
Stove Top/Range/Oven
Clean thoroughly. Detach all removable parts and pack safely in a box, clearly marked with contents.

  • If moving a gas range, disconnect prior to moving by a qualified service technician.
  • If you have an electric range, generally no servicing at your present residence will be required.
  • Upon arriving at your new residence with your gas range, you will need a qualified gas installer to check your gas supply, connect gas line, seal any openings, light the pilot and handle any other hook-up requirements.
Refrigerator
Dispose of all perishables.

  • Unplug the power cord, wash all removable parts and dry thoroughly.
  • Allow parts and the including interior of the fridge and freezer to dry thoroughly prior to moving to allow all moisture to evaporate.
  • Pack all loose parts including bins and shelves in a secured, approved container for moving.
  • Vacuum the condenser or compressor.
  • Empty and clean the evaporator pan.
  • Turn off water and disconnect the water line if you have a coldwater dispenser or automatic icemaker.
Microwave Oven
Remove glass trays, wrap and securely pack them in moving carton.

The microwave can be placed in its original box, if available and still in good shape, or in a well cushioned moving carton.

  • If your microwave is large, ask your moving company if it can be pad-wrapped on moving day.
  • Do not place cardboard in the door because it can spring the door during transit.
  • Take care not to block the exhaust vent when installing it at your new home.