Use The Correct Moving Tools:
Appliances can be heavy, especially if your moving a fridge freezer or range cooker, so it’s vital to make sure you use anything available to make the job easier. A transport dolly/cart is a piece of equipment that can be purchased fairly cheap and would not only make moving the appliances far easier, but also reduce the strain on your body.
Always Lift Correctly
You might not always have access to transportation aids when moving an appliance Maytag Appliance Repair Los Angeles, so if you need to move it manually it’s always best to follow the correct lifting procedures. Lifting correctly will reduce the strain on your body and reduce the potential for an injury to take place. A few key points to remember are:
Lift with your knees – You’ve probably heard this advice a thousand times before, but that’s because it’s solid advice. If you bend over to lift the appliance you can put a strain on your back causing you permanent injury.
Plan your route – Generally when moving an appliance you will have limited view of where you are going or even be moving backwards. Therefore it’s always best to plan your route in advance to make sure there’s no objects blocking your way you may trip up on and also so you can make sure the appliance will fit through any corridors, doorways or stairwells which you need to navigate through.
Communicate – Chances are you won’t be moving the appliances by yourself due to their size and weight so communication is key. It’s easy for one person to lift too fast or move faster than their partner is comfortable with which can lead to damaging the appliance or more importantly, yourself.
Don’t be a hero – If your losing grip or the appliance is proving to be too heavy to move in one go, don’t hesitate to put it down to take a rest and gather yourself. Moving it safely is more important than moving it fast.
Make sure everything is secure:
It’s an obvious piece of advice but also one that’s easy to overlook. The advice is to make sure all the appliances are secure before moving them. This can mean different things depending on the appliance. For instance it could be to make sure any removable shelves inside are removed or to make sure that the plug cable is tied up and secure against the appliance as to not trip on it.
As an appliance that will be on 24/7 and used on a daily basis a fridge is one of the key components to a kitchen. They’re not cheap to replace so if you have a working one it’s very likely you’ll want to take it with you when moving. Before you think about moving the appliance it would be wise to take a look at all the food you have and try to eat through as much of it as possible before the moving date, otherwise you risk wasting the food as your fridge will be without power for an extended period of time.
Unplug and Defrost:
The first thing you will want to do is empty your appliance out of any left over food, unplug the machine and defrost it the night before moving. If you don’t do this it will start to defrost itself over the course of the move which could either cause water damage to other things in its vicinity or create wet and slippery surfaces which can cause potential danger when moving your appliances from one place to another.
Remove the Inside Shelves:
It may sound obvious, but it’s easy to forget to remove any parts which can be removed, such as the shelves, egg tray, door shelves, salad box and freezer boxes. If your going to be transporting the appliance it is best to take all of these out and wrap them in bubble wrap to keep them safe and secure. By keeping them inside the unit it could cause them to move about inside during transport which may either damage the appliance or the parts themselves.
Secure The Doors:
Once the appliance is defrosted and all the shelves and trays have been removed from the inside you will need to secure the doors to stop them from swinging open mid transport. The best way to do this is to bubble wrap the machine which serves a dual purpose. Not only will it keep the doors shut but it will add a layer of protection to help during the transport phase. If you don’t have access to bubble wrap you can secure the doors either by tying a rope or bungee cord around the doors or if this is also not available, they can be taped shut.
Once you’ve done the above and it’s time to move the fridge, you’ll want to be sure to keep it as upright as possible at all times. If you lay it down it can cause the liquids in the compressor to move about and potentially rest in the discharge line, this can cause damage to the machine even if you let it rest for plenty of time after the move. Sometimes it’s unavoidable that you will need to lay it down and laying it down is not guaranteed to cause damage but it will definitely increase your odds of causing damage.
Let it Rest After a Hard Days Work:
Finally, once you’ve moved the fridge in to it’s new home you’ll want to let it rest in place for a while before turning on. This is to allow the gasses to settle in the compressor which greatly reduces the possibility of damages and allows your fridge to work at full capacity. Ideally you would want to leave it for 24 hours before plugging it back in, but we recommend a minimum of at least 4 hours.
As long as you are cautious and careful, disconnecting a washing machine is a doable task which can be performed by yourself. When it then comes to moving the washing machine there is one main rule which you need to follow to keep it safe from damage.