Refrigerator Moving Instructions

It is important to follow these instructions when moving a refrigerator to a new location:

Before transporting:

  1. Turn the refrigerator to Off. This should be done a couple of hours before moving to allow the evaporator time to defrost.
  2. Disconnect the power cord from the 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 (often used in fish tanks) or a box of baking soda in the refrigerator to absorb odors.
  4. Secure loose items, such as the grille, shelves, storage pans, ice trays, ice storage bucket, etc. Covers and removable parts should be protected with tape. This prevents their coming loose and causing damage.
  5. Handle with care. The exterior of your refrigerator should be protected with a blanket covering.

During transportation:

  • When loading the refrigerator in a moving van, truck, etc., it is best to keep it standing upright to minimize possible damage to the sealed system or prevent damage to loose items.
  • If laying the refrigerator down cannot be avoided, here are some thing to consider depending on the type of refrigerator:
    • Top Freezer models: Lay it on the side opposite the hinges so the door will remain closed.
    • SxS: Lay on the freezer side. That door is less likely to come open.
      •  Exception: SxS Built-In models should follow instructions for Built-Ins below.
    • French Door & Bottom Freezer:  These must always remain upright, though they can be tilted to get through doorways, etc.
    • Compact: 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.
    • Built-In: All built-in refrigerator models, if transported in a vehicle, must be in an upright position under all circumstances. However, it can be tilted to the side when placed on a dolly to take into the home. Details are listed in the installation instructions included with the product.
      • Exception:  Some Column models for 30" to 31" doorways before packing is removed, can be tilted back when placed on dolly to take into the home.
  • Secure the refrigerator. If your refrigerator is on rollers; be sure it is properly secured in the moving van to prevent rolling and damage.
  • When using a dolly or hand truck, always truck from the side. Possible damage could occur if trucked from the front or rear.

After transporting:

  • If it has been necessary to transport the refrigerator on its side (ex. Top Freezer and SxS models), it should stand upright for an equal amount of time as it was on its side before plugging it in. If it was 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.


  • Don't forget to measure your doorways and entry ways in both your existing and new home! Make sure the refrigerator will fit through your front door, down the hall, and around any corners. 
  • If you have an older refrigerator, you may want to consider leaving it behind. New models are more energy efficient and most dealers will deliver and install the new one for you.  Take a look at our current Refrigerators