Tips for Putting a Fridge in Self-Storage

July 27, 2018

Refrigerator in self-storage


Moving a refrigerator to a self-storage unit requires some preparation. Though the process may take a few hours, taking the time to clean the fridge and perform some basic maintenance ensures it is ready to run in the future. To get started, follow these tips from Affordable Family Storage in Omaha, Nebraska.

#1. Cleaning

Cleaning the fridge before self-storage prevents foul odors and the growth of mold and mildew. To get started, make sure your refrigerator is completely empty. Remove all food from both the fridge and freezer compartments and move it to a new location. If you have an ice maker, make sure it is completely empty as well.


Afterward, unplug the fridge, open the doors, and, if necessary, allow it defrost. Defrosting a fridge can be a messy process, so be sure to place rags or towels in front of the door. It may also be a time-consuming process, so this should be a done a few days before your move.


After the fridge and freezer have defrosted completely, wipe out the inside with a soapy sponge and vacuum the coils on the backside of the refrigerator. Afterward, remove the shelves and drawers and wash them thoroughly with soap and water.

#2. Preparing to Move

Once the fridge is clean, it’s time to prepare for the move. Tape each shelf and drawer in place so they don’t shift while you are moving. You can also place an open box of baking soda in the fridge and freezer compartments to neutralize any foul odors.


Next, roll an old towel, place it in the door frames, and tape the doors shut. The towel holds the door open slightly and allows for air circulation while the fridge sits in self-storage. Finally, wrap the fridge in an old comforter or quilt to prevent scratches while you move it.

#3. Moving

A refrigerator is a large, heavy appliance, and you should never attempt to move it on your own. For your safety, rent or buy a dolly and ask a couple of friends or family members to assist you with the move.

Self-Storage at Affordable Family Storage

If you are looking for a self-storage facility in Omaha, Nebraska, contact Affordable Family Storage. Our 90th Street location offers climate-controlled storage units in a variety of sizes, making it the ideal place to store large appliances. We work to keep our prices low, so our customers always receive the best value. To reserve your self-storage unit, contact us today!

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