Because new appliances are usually expensive, many people prefer to hold on to old ones for vacation homes, or back-ups. A self storage unitl can be a convenient, affordable solution. However, if you don’t properly prepare your appliances for remote storage, you may return to find useless, moldy items. Here is some useful advice for securely storing washing machines, dishwashers, refrigerators, ovens etc..
Checklist: Moving and Storing Your Appliances
- Run a final cycle. Consider running an empty clothes washer and dishwasher through a wash cycle using either a cup of white vinegar prior to placing in self storage.
- Drain liquid. Empty any water from hoses, tanks, plastic tubing and other internal components. This will help prevent freezing and mold.
- Clean the interior. Scrub and dry the interior completely — especially in refrigerators, dishwashers and ovens. Food and sugar remnants can attract insects, even in interior storage units. In refrigerators, clean and dry the defrost pan — you’ll find it underneath or behind the refrigerator. In water-using appliances, wipe the rubber cushion seal around the perimeter of the door. Mildew may collect in this area.
- Remove glass and protect finish. If your appliance has glass shelves or fragile parts, remove them and transport them separately. Appliances with finishes that can scratch or dent should be wrapped in blankets or bubble wrap. Refrigerators should be transported in an upright position.
- Place in the unit first. By placing appliances in the back of your storage unit, you’ll have easier access to smaller items that you access more frequently.
- Prop open the door. Find a way to keep the appliance’s door ajar for the duration of the storage rental. This will help deter mildew.
- Avoid unwanted odors. Place an open box of baking soda inside of stored appliances.
- Cover and protect. Use a breathable material such as a tarp or sheet to shield your appliance from dirt or dust.
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