Transporting and Installing Appliances

Posted by matt on February 14, 2017

REFRIGERATOR:

Required tools and supplies for transporting your fridge:

  • 2 or more able-bodied people
  • Appliance dolly
  • Ratcheting straps (4)
  • Moving blankets for padding

Refrigerators are big and heavy! These “Pro Tips” are designed to help you be sufficiently prepared if you are planning to transport your own fridge. Discount City does offer delivery as an additional service if you are within a 30-mile radius of our Valley store. Please call us at 509-924-2792 for pricing and delivery schedule.

Before you pick up your fridge from Discount City, prepare the space in your home where it is going to be. If you are replacing a fridge, unplug, unhook, and move that fridge out of the way. (If you are disposing of your old fridge, consider bringing it with you to Discount City for free disposal and recycling!) Measure the height and depth of the refrigerator space to ensure your new fridge will fit. Also measure the doorways and halls you will need to go through with your new fridge to be sure it will fit through all of those openings. There are few things more frustrating than getting a new fridge home only to find it won’t fit into the kitchen!

Your fridge is designed to run standing up. Laying it down to transport it risks permanent damage to the motor, so you need to transport your fridge in the upright position. This will require the use of a pickup truck, trailer, or cargo truck. Loading and moving your fridge is not a one-person task! Discount City staff will help you load your fridge at our facility, but be sure there are two able-bodied people to help you secure, unload, and move your fridge.

Once your fridge is loaded into your truck, use a minimum of two ratcheting straps to secure it. The most secure way to transport your fridge in the back of a pickup truck is to push the fridge all the way up against the back of the cab, with the back of the fridge against the cab. Run one ratcheting strap over the top of the fridge from side to side, secure it to the bed of the truck, and tighten it down. Run another strap around the front of the fridge, secure it to the front of the bed of the truck, and tighten it down. Use blankets, cardboard or some other padding on the front of the fridge between the straps and the fridge to avoid scratches and scuffs. Use additional straps if desired. Drive carefully! Your fridge wants to make it safely home with you.

Once you get your fridge home, carefully unload it and move it using an appliance dolly. An appliance dolly straps to your fridge, giving the mover extra stability, control, and leverage when moving appliances. If you don’t have an appliance dolly, you can use a regular dolly and wrap one of your ratcheting straps around the fridge and the dolly to help stabilize it.

If you have not yet measured the spaces and doorways to ensure they are big enough for your new fridge, do that prior to moving the new fridge into your home. In some cases, you may need to remove a door from its hinges, or remove the fridge handles or doors, to fit through the doorways of your house. Removing doors and handles is usually not complicated, but it is time consuming and will require additional tools. 

Moving your fridge from the side is usually the best approach. Again, don’t try to unload and move your fridge without the help of one or two able-bodied moving buddies there with you! If you have to go up stairs, you need to pull the dolly with the fridge on it up the stairs, walking backwards as you go. If you have to go down stairs, you need to lower the dolly with the fridge on it down the stairs in front of you. Your able-bodied moving buddy should be on the lower side of the fridge to help you up or down the stairs. Your moving buddy will also be able to help keep you from running into walls, door jambs, small pets and children.

Once you get your fridge moved into place, we recommend you wait a few hours, if possible, before plugging it in. This will allow the fluids in the motor to settle back into place before starting up. If you are connecting a water line to your fridge for ice and water, do that prior to plugging in your fridge. You should also buy and install a new water filter. Contact us to get you the right water filter at the right price.  Be sure to turn on the water to your fridge once the water line and water filter are in place. Also check to be sure your ice maker is turned on. If you are not planning on hooking up or using your ice machine, make sure it is turned off to avoid burning out the auger motor.

When you plug in your fridge, you will hear the motor start up within a few seconds. If you do not hear the motor turn on, check the thermostat inside the fridge to be sure it is turned on. Once you plug in your fridge, wait until it reaches the appropriate temperature before filling it with groceries. If it’s not equipped with a thermometer, a good rule of thumb is to wait 12-24 hours. 

Almost all refrigerator manuals can be found online and downloaded. You will need the model # of your fridge, which is usually found on the inside of the refrigerator. You can also determine the age of your appliances online at appliance411.com. If you have any additional questions or issues about transporting or installing your fridge, you may contact us here.

 

FREEZER:

Required tools and supplies for transporting your freezer:

  • 2 or more able-bodied people
  • Appliance dolly
  • Ratcheting straps (4)
  • Moving blankets for padding

Freezers can be big and cumbersome. These “Pro Tips” are designed to help you be sufficiently prepared if you are planning to transport your own freezer. Discount City does offer delivery as an additional service if you are within a 30-mile radius of our Valley store. Please call us at 509-924-2792 for pricing and delivery schedule.

Before you pick up your freezer from Discount City, prepare the space in your home where it is going to be. Most people have their freezer in their garage or other outbuilding. (If you are disposing of an old freezer, consider bringing it with you to Discount City for free disposal and recycling!) Measure the height and depth of the freezer space to ensure your new freezer will fit. Also consider the range of the temperature in the space your freezer will be in. Extreme heat and freezing temperatures can temporarily affect how efficiently your freezer runs.

If you have an upright freezer, be sure to transport it in the upright position. Laying it down to transport it risks permanent damage to the motor. This will require the use of a pickup truck, trailer, or cargo truck. Loading and moving your freezer is not a one-person task! Discount City staff will help you load your freezer at our facility, but be sure there are two able-bodied people to help you secure, unload, and move your freezer.

Once your freezer is loaded into your truck, use a minimum of two ratcheting straps to secure it. The most secure way to transport your freezer in the back of a pickup truck is to push the freezer all the way up against the back of the cab, with the back of the freezer against the cab. Run one ratcheting strap over the top of the freezer from side to side, secure it to the bed of the truck, and tighten it down. Run another strap around the front of the freezer, secure it to the front of the bed of the truck, and tighten it down. Use blankets, cardboard or some other padding on the front of the freezer between the straps and the freezer to avoid scratches and scuffs. Use additional straps if desired. Drive carefully! Your freezer wants to make it safely home with you.

Once you get your freezer home, carefully unload it and move it using an appliance dolly. An appliance dolly straps to your freezer, giving the mover extra stability, control, and leverage when moving appliances. If you don’t have an appliance dolly, you can use a regular dolly and wrap one of your ratcheting straps around the freezer and the dolly to help stabilize it.

Moving your freezer from the side is usually the best approach. Again, don’t try to unload and move your freezer without the help of one or two able-bodied moving buddies there with you! 

Once you get your freezer moved into place, we recommend you wait a few hours, if possible, before plugging it in. This will allow the fluids in the motor to settle back into place before starting up. If you are connecting a water line to your fridge for ice, do that prior to plugging in your freezer. Be sure to turn on the water to your freezer once the water line is secured. Also check to be sure your ice maker is turned on. If you are not planning on hooking up or using your ice machine, make sure it is turned off to avoid burning out the auger motor.

When you plug in your freezer, you will hear the motor start up within a few seconds. If you do not hear the motor turn on, check the thermostat inside the freezer to be sure it is turned on. Once you plug in your freezer, wait until it reaches the appropriate temperature before filling it with groceries. If it’s not equipped with a thermometer, a good rule of thumb is to wait 12-24 hours. 

Almost all freezer manuals can be found online and downloaded. You will need the model # of your freezer, which is usually found on the inside of the freezer. You can also determine the age of your appliances online at appliance411.com. If you have any additional questions or issues about transporting or installing your freezer, you may contact us here.