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How to Move a Fridge or Freezer

Updated April 17, 2017

If you are moving or have purchased a new fridge or freezer, you must know how to move it safely to avoid injury or damage to the unit. Moving a fridge or freezer requires the use of a moving dolly and some physical exertion. Always have at least two people present when moving large appliances to minimise the risk of physical injury.

Unplug the fridge or freezer power cord.

Turn off the water supply running to the ice maker if the fridge has one installed, then disconnect the water line from the back of the fridge.

Remove any shelves from the inside of the fridge or freezer.

Secure the fridge or freezer doors and any cords on the back of the unit with tape.

Position the furniture dolly behind the refrigerator or freezer, then slide the dolly underneath the unit.

Secure the appliance to the dolly with a bungie cord.

Grip the furniture dolly with both hands, and pull backwards to bring the fridge or freezer off the ground. You can now move the appliance. Have one person standing nearby to to help spot for trouble when moving the appliance.

Things You'll Need

  • Bungee cords
  • Tape
  • Furniture pads or moving blankets
  • Furniture dolly
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Edmund Lukavics has been writing professionally since 2009. He has served as the copy editor for the blog Hello Moon and has experience in the hotel and travel agency industries. Lukavics is pursuing an associate degree in information technology and website design from the University of Phoenix.