If you’re planning on keeping some appliances in a storage unit long-term, it’s extremely important that you properly prepare them. Whether you’re putting them in a storage unit for moving purposes, if you’re planning on selling it, or if you’re just freeing up space, you want to make sure it still works when you take it back out. Improper storage of things like washers, dryers, and refrigerators might lead to them breaking down and not being operational in the future. Today in the Affordable Family Storage blog, we discuss how to properly store those three appliances in your storage unit.
The first thing you’ll want to do is make sure your washer is clean. You don’t want to leave dirt and residue in your washer, otherwise, it probably won’t smell too great when you take it out of your storage unit. To give it a thorough cleaning, pour a cup of white vinegar in the washer, and run it without any clothes. This should help to clean it and get rid of odors. Next, you’ll want to drain all the fluids. Empty the tanks and hoses and make sure they’re completely drained. If you’re not keeping it in a climate-controlled unit, the liquid could freeze. Even if you’re not, you don’t want to let it get moldy. Finally, give the inside and outside of the machine a good cleaning. We highly recommend a climate-controlled storage unit for your washer, as it makes sure the mechanical parts are kept at a constant, moderate temperature. Putting a tarp over it will make sure you keep as much dust out as possible.
Your dryer should be a little easier to get ready for storage than your washer. The important part is to make sure all of the electric components are unplugged before you move it. Also, if your dryer has a gas connection, make sure you turn off the gas before doing anything. Remove all the dust and lint from your dryer, and give it a good cleaning. When you actually put it in storage, you should put a tarp on it to minimize dust buildup.
Storing a refrigerator requires a few important steps. First, unplug your refrigerator and remove everything from it. Defrost the freezer too. Now you’ll want to give the interior a thorough cleaning. After cleaning, make sure you dry everything off sufficiently. Once everything is cleaned out, you can move it to your storage unit.