How to Store a Refrigerator in Storage

A refrigerator is a large appliance, and at some point you may need to store it away for a move or when remodeling your home. Although it may seem as easy as putting the refrigerator away in the garage or a storage shed, there are some things to consider when storing a fridge. Improperly stored refrigerators can be a danger when rocked back and forth and may become a suffocation hazard when children are around. Proper storage will also ensure that the fridge works when put back in place.

Storing a refrigerator properly prevents accidents and problems with the fridge when used again.

Step 1

Unplug the refrigerator.

Step 2

Open the doors of the refrigerator and the freezer to allow the fridge to defrost. Place a towel at the bottom of the fridge to catch any water.

Step 3

Mix together 1 to 2 tablespoons of backing soda into a quart of water. Wipe the inside of the fridge and freezer with the solution to remove odors and stains.

Step 4

Pull the fridge out from the wall.

Step 5

Vacuum the coils on the back of the fridge using a vacuum cleaner with a soft brush attachment on the hose. Remove any dust or debris.

Step 6

Unhook the drain line at the back of the fridge using a wrench or a pair of pliers, and drain the water from the inside of the fridge.

Step 7

Tilt the fridge to the side and have a helper slide a dolly underneath the fridge. Tilt the fridge back on to the dolly and move it to your storage area. Keep the fridge upright at all times.

Step 8

Place the refrigerator in your storage area upright. Place something heavy in front of the refrigerator door to prevent a child from opening it. Alternatively, remove the door of the fridge according to the instructions in the refrigerator manual to prevent any accidents.