Step-By-Step Guide on Moving a Fridge

two removalists moving a fridge

Relocating a refrigerator can be a daunting task, but with the right preparation and equipment, it can be done successfully and without causing damage to your appliance or your home. In this guide, we walk you through this step-by-step guide on moving a fridge, from preparing your refrigerator for moving to safely transporting it to your new home.

1. Turn off Your Fridge

A commonly asked question we are asked is, “How long should the fridge be off before and after my move?” And while it may come as a surprise, the general rule is that you must turn your fridge off at least 24 hours before your move. This gives the evaporator time to defrost and allows oils and fluids to stop moving through the compressor and settle. Once you’ve transported your appliance, you should wait at least four hours before turning it back on to ensure the oils and fluids are settled after the move.

Step 2: Empty & Defrost Your Refrigerator

  • Completely empty the fridge of all food & drink items
  • Remove all shelves, drawers & other removable parts
  • Defrost your freezer if it is a frost-free model or if it has frost build-up that exceeds 60mm

Step 3: Clean Your Refrigerator

Before you move it, be sure to thoroughly clean both the interior and exterior of the refrigerator. Use a mild detergent solution and a soft cloth to wipe down the inside and be sure to clean the gaskets and hinges as well. The exterior can be cleaned with a damp cloth.

Step 4: Shipping containers are available for short and long-term hire

Once your refrigerator is empty, defrosted and cleaned, it is time to prepare it for moving:


  • Secure the doors with tape to prevent them from opening during transportation
  • Wrap the refrigerator in furniture pads or blankets to protect it from scratches & dents during transit
  • You may also want to secure the pads in place with packing tape

Step 5: Safely Transport Your Refrigerator

Enlist the help of a friend or professional mover to transport your fridge. These appliances are heavy and difficult to manoeuvre—attempting to move them alone could result in an injury. It’s also crucial that your fridge stays upright to prevent oil spilling from the compressor, so your moving vehicle will need to accommodate this.


Step 6: Reassemble Your Refrigerator in Your New Home

Once you have successfully moved your refrigerator to your new home, be sure to let it sit for at least 4 hours before turning it on. While you wait, you can remove the tape and padding and then carefully place the shelves, drawers and other removable parts back into the appliance.


Moving a refrigerator may seem like a daunting task, but with the right preparation and equipment, it can be done successfully and without causing damage to your appliance or home. By following the steps outlined in this guide, you can be confident that your refrigerator will make a safe and smooth transition to your new home.

Effortless Moves with Brisbane Moving & Storage

Are you in need of assistance moving your refrigerator? Look no further than Brisbane Moving and Storage. Our experienced and professional team is equipped to handle all your moving needs, ensuring a stress-free and efficient transition to your new home.

From packing and loading to transportation and unloading, our team provides top-notch moving services tailored to your specific needs. Whether you’re relocating just a few blocks away or to a different city altogether, we have the skills and equipment necessary to get the job done.

Get in touch with us today via our contact form or give us a call on 1300 769 467 and request a quote! We look forward to helping you move.