How to move a refrigerator over a tile floor

Written by kenneth crawford
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When re-tiling your kitchen floor or doing some heavy duty cleaning, it is necessary to move the refrigerator. Most refrigerators have wheels, however they can cause scratches on the tile when a refrigerator is full of food. The best way to move a refrigerator over a tile floor is to use furniture skids. Furniture skids look like pieces of carpet and are available at home improvement centres. The skids glide effortlessly across the tile protecting it from scratches. This enables you to move the refrigerator around your kitchen as necessary without emptying the contents.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Wrench
  • 4 furniture skids (4 pieces of 12-inch square carpet work as substitutes)
  • 1/4 inch sheet of plywood (optional)

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  1. 1

    Unplug the refrigerator power cord from the wall socket. Shut off the water supply to the refrigerator, if your unit has an ice maker or water dispenser. The shut-off valve is behind the refrigerator.

  2. 2

    Remove the refrigerator water line from the house water line. Turn the nut securing the two lines counterclockwise with a wrench.

  3. 3

    Tilt the refrigerator to one side and place furniture skids under the front and rear feet. Some refrigerators have wheels instead of feet. If you do not have furniture skids, use pieces of carpet with the nap of the carpet facing the floor. Lower the refrigerator gently.

  4. 4

    Go to the other side of the refrigerator and tilt it slightly. Slide furniture skids or pieces of carpet under the front and rear feet. Gently lower the refrigerator.

  5. 5

    Grab one side of the refrigerator from front to back while an assistant grabs the opposite side. Slide the refrigerator across the tile floor as necessary.

Tips and warnings

  • You can also lay 1/4-inch plywood in front of the refrigerator and roll the unit over the plywood.

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