Refrigerator Moving Instructions

All Monogram refrigerator models must, if transported in a vehicle, be in an upright position under all circumstances. An installer can remove the skid underneath without laying the unit down. However, it can be tilted back when placed on a dolly to take into the home. Details are listed in the installation instructions included with the product.

When moving other GE refrigerators to a new location, we recommend the following:

  1. Turn refrigerator to Off. This should be done a couple of hours before moving to allow the evaporator time to defrost.
  2. Disconnect power cord from wall.
  3. Remove all foods and clean the interior. If the refrigerator is going to be in transit for more than a day, you may want to place a small bag of activated charcoal(such as used in fish tanks) in the refrigerator to absorb odors.
  4. Secure loose items, such as the grille, shelves, storage pans, ice trays, ice storage bucket. Covers and removable parts should be protected with tape - this prevents their coming loose and causing damage.
  5. Secure the refrigerator. If your refrigerator is on rollers, be sure it is properly secured in the moving van to prevent rolling and damage.
  6. Handle with care. The exterior of your refrigerator should be protected with a blanket covering.

NOTE: GE does not recommend laying the refrigerator on its back.

When loading the refrigerator in a moving van, truck, etc., it is best to keep it standing upright. If laying the refrigerator on its side cannot be avoided, it is important to follow the above instructions on securing the components inside the refrigerator to prevent possible damage.

When using a dolly or hand truck, always truck from the side. Possible damage could occur if trucked from the front or rear. Should it be necessary to lay the unit down, lay it on its side

  • Lay it on the side opposite the hinges (on top and bottom freezer models) so the door will remain closed.
  • Side by side models should be placed on the freezer side. That door is less likely to come open.
  • Exceptions are Monogram, bottom-mount and compact models - these must always remain upright. Because of the design of the drain, compact models should be kept upright at all times to prevent drain water from running back into the appliance unless new out of the box. If it does have to travel on its side, turn it off a day in advance, and allow to drain.

Important: If it has been necessary to transport the refrigerator on its side, it should be stood upright for an equal amount of time as it was on its side before plugging it in. If on its side for more than a day, leave standing for 24 hours before running. (If laying on its side just briefly to service, clean or adjust, just a few minutes of stand time will be enough.)