general information for moving appliances

General Information for Moving with Appliances

Most manufacturers caution against cleaning removable appliance parts, such as those from a stove or refrigerator, in the dishwasher. Most washing should be done by hand unless the part is marked as dishwasher-safe.

When preparing you appliances for moving, avoid using tape on the outside finish of appliances which can leave a glue residue and, in some cases, mar the exterior. In addition, card board should not be placed within the opening of an appliance door because it can spring the door when moving.

Be sure to remove all water and moisture from the refrigerator, dishwasher or clothes washer before moving day. Depending on the route of a van, the shipment could be traveling through a cold, mountainous region where freezing temperatures could change water to ice and thus damage an appliance. Equally important is that you not use appliances or other electronic equipment immediately upon arrival. Allow items time to adjust to room temperature to prevent any internal damage. To be on the safe side, do not use appliances or electronic equipment 24 hours before or after the move.

Measure the dimensions of your appliances and plan where you want them placed in the new home. Make certain the appliances will clear cabinets and fit into allotted spaces, and that the area you select can support their weight. After your appliance has been properly installed, you may need to level it by using the adjustable rollers or leveling legs.

While planning the placement of appliances, you may also want to obtain additional protection for your floor. For those appliances without rollers, you may want to have sheets of plywood or fiberboard cut for the areas where appliances will be placed. This layer can help protect your floor covering in the future when you want to move an appliance for cleaning or servicing.

Small Appliances
Small appliances do not require special servicing but should be cleaned before packing day. Remember to empty any water from steam irons.

Prior to moving your appliances, you will need to have them serviced. Read more about servicing appliances for moving or return to the appliance moving guide.