Do you have a large chest freezer that you are looking to take with you to a new home? If so, you may be wondering how you are going to move such a large appliance. Here are some tips that will help you do it.
Disconnect The Freezer
You need to start by disconnecting the freezer at least 24 hours before you plan to move it. This needs to be done for several reasons. There are fluids that travel through the coils of the chest freezer that need to settle, and leaving the appliance unplugged will allow that to happen. It also gives the freezer enough time to defrost before you move it.
Air Out The Freezer
Leave the door of the chest freezer open so that the freezer can dry out. There will likely be a lot of ice that melts as well and collects along the bottom of the appliance. You'll want to allow as much ice to melt as possible, and then remove all of the water. This can be done with a wet vacuum to make this a quick job.
Protect The Freezer
To ensure that the finish of the chest freezer does not become damaged during the move, you'll want to cover it with moving blankets. These can be draped over the freezer so that all sides are covered the entire time it is being moved.
Get The Right Equipment
It will help to have a piano dolly or appliance dolly when moving your chest freezer. An appliance dolly has straps that can go around the freezer and prevent it from falling off once tilted back at an angle. A piano dolly will work great as well, but you'll need two people to lift the freezer onto the dolly.
Keep The Freezer Upright
It is important that you do not put the freezer on the moving truck in an odd position. Many freezers are designed to be kept in an upright position at all times. Putting the freezer on its side can cause some major problems when you go to plug it in again, since there is refrigerant inside the appliance that can move around in an irregular way. The compressor may also not be designed to take on the weight of the appliance by being put on its side, which can damage it.
If moving your large chest freezer is too difficult to do on your own, hire professional movers to help.