Here is part 3 of our series on moving your appliances:
Preparing Your Stove
Clean – Apply a mild detergent or degreaser to the outside surface of the stove with a cloth. Remove and clean in warm soapy water items like knobs, drip pans, grates, broiler pan and oven racks. Do not put electric stove coils in water. If the top of the stove can be lifted, wipe down the area beneath it with warm soapy water. Be sure to clean these items prior to packing, and wrap and place them inside a box or the storage drawer in the stove. Before placing any chemicals inside your oven, determine if it is self-cleaning. Be sure to follow the cleaning guidelines in the owner’s manual as well.
Service – You must have your gas stove disconnected prior to the move by a qualified appliance specialist, and also re-connected at your new residence. This includes checking the gas supply, re-connecting the stove to the gas line, seal all fittings, re-ignite the pilot, and all other hook-up processes. If your stove is electric, no service is required except to disconnect the power cord.
Preparing Your Refrigerator and Freezer
Clean – Using a cloth and a mild cleanser, wipe down the exterior of the appliance. Prior to cleaning the interior, remove all items that will perish during the move and disconnect the power cord. Clan all detachable parts like shelves and bins with a mild cleanser or in warm water with baking soda. Ice trays and ice bins must be cleaned in only lukewarm water. Wipe down the interior walls and any non-removable fixtures with a mild cleanser or baking soda and water solution, and allow the door to remain open for at least 24 hours to permit dampness to fully evaporate. Non frost-free models require additional time to fully defrost and dry. Glass shelving must be removed, cleaned, and securely packed in a protected box during transport. Also, remove the vent-grille cover at the base of the refrigerator and vacuum both the condenser and compressor units. Be sure to empty and clean the evaporator pan as well.
Service – Prior to the moving company showing up, shut off the water and disconnect the water supply line from the water dispenser and ice maker, and the water reservoir. Once you arrive at your new home, do not operate the refrigerator for a minimum of 24 hours after unloading to permit the motor lubricants time to settle, avoiding potential damage to the compressor unit. Re-connect the ice maker and water dispenser to the water supply line. A new shut-off valve and fittings may be needed.
Freezer and Frozen Food Precautions
There are tariff restrictions placed on transporting any type of frozen food, and are put in place to protect consumer health. Freezers must be empty while in transport because they are not made to be utilized as shipping containers. The excess weight of the contents could damage or crack the plastic shelving or molding inside the freezer. In addition, since it is impossible to maintain the freezer temperature during transport, the foods will perish. Transport vehicles do not have electrical sources available to keep a freezer operating. Tariff regulations only allow restricted approval of frozen foods if they are contained in a home freezer kept at 0 degrees Fahrenheit or less when loaded, and can only be transported a maximum of 150 miles and off-loaded within 24 hours.