How to Transport a Refrigerator: Guide and Tips

If you’re planning on transporting a refrigerator, then this blog post is for you! We will discuss how to safely and efficiently transport your appliance. There are many things that can go wrong when moving a large item such as a refrigerator. This guide will help you avoid these common mistakes and make the process much easier. Plus, we’ll provide tips to make it even faster!

Why transporting a refrigerator is important?

The cooling of a refrigerator is dependent on the functioning of Freon gas. If this fluid leaks, then it can lead to irreversible damage. Freon fiils the copper tubes of refrigerator mounted on the rear wall of the refrigerator. That’s why transporting refrigerator should be performed with great care.

Main questions about transporting a refrigerator

Once you have stopped worrying about how to buy a fridge, let’s focus on how to move it without breaking one’s back. On transporting a refrigerator, many questions arise immediately.

How much does it cost to transport a fridge?

It is important that you have them moved professionally, because if not handled correctly they can lose their warranty and even prove dangerous for your household members or pets due to Freon presence. If possible, choosу hiring professionals instead of doing this task by yourself.

How long does it take to transport a fridge?

Moving a fridge takes a lot longer if you’re lying down! You will also need at least two people so weight can be distributed evenly, reducing the lifting workload, as well as specific equipments like dollies or moving straps.

What type of moving truck do I need?

When moving a refrigerator, the first thing you will need to do is get an appropriate sized truck for transporting it. If you hire the moving company renting a truck is included into the price. If you are moving by yourself, you should rent or borrow a pick-up truck, big van, a trailer such that fits your refrigerator well. In any case, a plank or platform is much easier to navigate than trying to lift the fridge on the truck yourself.

Transporting a new refrigerator

If you are transporting a new refrigerator, the best way to do so is with its original box and packaging. Familiarize yourself with the notes that are on the packaging of the equipment itself. Or check the transportation information specified in the instructions.

As a rule, on the package you will see some symbols indicating how to transport the refrigerator acccording to If you see such marks, it means that special attention should be given to how and where the appliance is stored during transportation.

  • The two up arrows mean only vertical position transporting, not lying down or in any other way.
  • A mark in the form of a glass informs about the fragility and prohibits transporting without packaging.

Transporting a refrigerator without packaging/old refrigerator

Neverseless are you transporting a refrigerator without packaging or old refrigerator, you just need to follow some basic rules for packing, lifting and moving appliances.

Before transportation

  • Make sure all doors and drawers on refrigerators/freezers work properly by closing them completely;
  • disconnect power cords from wall outlets if possible;
  • remove all foods, clean and defrost the  fridge;
  • remove or tape accessories like shelves, drawers and others;
  • take some measurements of your doorways and openings to check the fridge’s ability to be moved out or in.

During transportation

  • Always carries refrigerating and freezing equipment only in an upright position because of a network of freon tubes;
  • avoid sharp movements when moving equipment;
  • keep the fridge door closed using ropes or tapes;
  • wrap the fridge with thick blanket, cardboard boxes or wrapping tape to prevent surface from scratching;
  • always fix the fridge on the vechile with rigging ties or straps;
  • when using a dolly or hand truck, always truck from the side, possible damage could occur if trucked from the front or rear;
  • keep in mind how much weight you are allowed to load onto your vehicle;
  • make sure your fridge is near the front of the truck to avoid dangerous whipping.

After transportation

  • It’s crucial for freezing equipment not include it in the outlet for at least 6 hours. It allows freon to drain into the crankcase of the engine and prevents damaging of yor refrigerator.

Not an easy task!

Moving your refrigerator is not an easy task. But with the right knowledge, it can be done in a stress-free manner that will save you time and money! To make this process even easier for you, we’ve compiled all best tips in one guide to help transport appliances safely and efficiently. Follow these steps when transporting your new or old fridge by yourself or looking for professional services. Or maybe you have any more tips to share from your experiences transportating a refrigerator? Then don’t hesitate to comment below!