Whether you’re moving a new unit from your doorstep on delivery into your house or moving homes, moving a refrigerator is a delicate process. This is because refrigerators are heavy, and no matter how tough the casing may be, refrigerators are somewhat fragile. This is why if you don’t have a dolly, knowing how to move a refrigerator without a dolly is important
Rest assured, however, that though difficult, moving refrigerator without a dolly is very possible with some careful planning and assistance.
Read on to know how to move a refrigerator without a dolly.
How to Move a Refrigerator Without a Dolly –Preparing for the Move
You really can’t just up and move your refrigerator without adequate preparations.
The following steps will, however, prepare you for the move. Check them out!
- Empty Your Refrigerator
It is important that you empty the contents of your fridge before attempting to move it.
This reduces the weight, especially as you won’t be using a dolly.
You wouldn’t want to break your back now, would you?
Emptying also prevents creating a mess from the contents thawing out and spilling over while moving.
So, plan your move ahead. So that you would have used up the perishables, made arrangements to give them away, or store them in a suitable cooler.
Switch off the power supply and unplug the refrigerator from the socket.
Then wrap and tuck the cord away carefully to avoid it dangling or trailing out as it could get damaged or even trip someone over.
A rope, tape, or suitable cable management tool would be useful here.
You can use a hairdryer, place a bowl of hot water in the unit, or leave the unit door open overnight to make defrosting easier and faster.
Also, have a mop handy to clean up all the water from the defrosting.
- Clean and Let Dry
Moving your fridge into a new apartment? You might as well bring a fresh and clean unit into your new home.
After defrosting, seize the opportunity to clean the refrigerator thoroughly and leave to dry to prevent water from dripping all over while moving.
Also, leave the doors open to let out old food smells.
By the way, baking soda and activated charcoal are known to absorb smells.
So, you can place a container of either in the refrigerator to get rid of damp smells.
- Remove Shelves And Accessories:
Wrap and place them carefully into well-labeled moving boxes. If you don’t want to remove them, another option is to secure them in place with strong adhesive tape.
Removing or taping prevents them from rattling, moving around, or breaking while moving.
- Secure Doors and Wrap up:
Use a cord or rope to secure the refrigerator doors to prevent them from opening mid-move.
You may also want to put some level of protection in place by wrapping your fridge with soft blankets and securing with ropes or tape to prevent scratches.
Be careful not to tie too tightly to avoid making marks on the body.
How To Move A Refrigerator Without A Dolly — The Actual Move
Now that your refrigerator is set, it’s time for the move!
- Enlist Help:
Moving a fridge is no easy task and helpers will make the process easier and faster, especially around tough spots such as over the stairs.
You might need up to 3 or 4 persons.
Time your movements and lift simultaneously to move.
If you need to take a break after moving a distance, communicate it to others, and set down the refrigerator carefully.
What if you are not able to get more than one person to help and you still want to be able to move your refrigerator without a regular dolly? You can use moving straps like the Shoulder Dolly Lifting Straps for Two People.
- Attach Furniture Sliders Or Wheels
Also known as gliders, furniture sliders are pieces of hardened plastic or rubber that can be attached to the feet of your refrigerator or furniture pieces. They help to prevent friction and damage to your floor while enabling you to slide or glide the refrigerator across.
To attach, move the refrigerator away from the wall or cabinet. This takes a lot of caution, and you would need a helping hand.
Have a friend that can support as you lift the fridge carefully at each corner and attach the sliders or wheels.
If you don’t have gliders or sliders yet and can spare some bucks for your comfort, then you may want to consider the SuperSliders Reusable Furniture Sliders for Hardwood Floors. These heavy-duty furniture sliders come in a pack of 4 and are affordable and highly-rated for their durability and ease of use.
Alternatively, if you want more for only a few more bucks, then the 8-Pack X-Protector Felt Furniture Sliders for Hard Surfaces may be your best bet.
- Clear The Path
Remove all obstacles like furniture from the path to ensure easy movement.
Open doors wide to enable you to pass through with the unit without banging edges, tripping over, or having to squeeze through as this can cause damage to the unit or lead to injury for you and others.
- Walk It Forward
If lifting is not possible at any point, or you have to navigate a tight corner or door, it might help to walk the refrigerator forward carefully.
To do this, stand behind the refrigerator, lift a bit, and rock gently from side to side while lifting the feet to walk it forward – just like teaching a toddler how to walk.
- Set Up A Ramp
To move it up the back of the moving truck, you can lift it across or set up a sturdy ramp. With the gliders or wheels attached, roll/glide it carefully up the ramp. Have someone stand in front and behind it to guide it carefully into place.
When you get to your destination, repeat the process backward, setting down gently from the truck, moving carefully across, and setting it into place properly.
Ross is a moving expert at Moving-me.com and he offers moving tips that will make your move easy. Check them out in the video below:
- Ensure that the Refrigerator Is Upright
As much as you can, keep the refrigerator upright throughout.
Under no circumstance should the refrigerator be laid on its side or back.
If you have to tilt back, do so only slightly at not more than 45 degrees.
Otherwise, the compressor oil will run up the cooling tubes and they might not settle back properly which affects the refrigerator’s operation.
- On getting to your destination and setting up, leave the fridge to settle for at least 2 to 6 hours before switching it on again.
You can refer to our post on “How to Install a Refrigerator” to learn how to get the job done at your new place.
It also always helps to refer to the user’s manual for guidance.
Meanwhile, remember that it is a lot easier to move a fridge with a dolly than without one.
In the video below, Keith Anderson, a Factory Technician at Appliance and Mattress Kingdom, shares useful tips on how to move a refrigerator with a dolly. Check it out!
Quick Recap on How to Move a Refrigerator Without a Dolly
Moving a refrigerator without a dolly is quite difficult but not impossible.
Plan and prepare well ahead for the move and enlist the help of friends to make it easier.
Use furniture sliders or wheels where possible to aid moving across floors without damaging them.
Also, lift carefully with friends and/or walk the unit forward carefully.
It may help to set up a ramp to move it into the back of the moving truck.
In all you do, do not place the refrigerator on its side or back.
Ensure that the highest tilting angle is around 45 degrees.
Also, leave the fridge to settle down properly after setting it up in its new home before switching it on.
All the best with your move!