Refrigerators are often undervalued, they keep our entire supply or perishable food safe to eat and provide necessary storage to ensure that it is not hard to find something or that it is not cluttered. Like everything in life, refrigerators run their course and run into some life-ending issue. Other times we just find a newer model fridge with more compartments and better storage! Whatever the reason, everyone runs into the issue of refrigerator disposal at sometime in their life, how do you even approach removing something so bulky? Well there is a small checklist of steps you can take to prep your refrigerator for removal; certain things must be done before you can actually haul the bulky appliance off your property!
Unplug, Drain, and Deactivate Water Valve
A good first step to take is to drain the water lines attached to the water valve and the icemaker. These are reservoirs of ice and water in the fridge, not having this excess water drained will make the removal process much harder, and messier later! If you are planning to donate or sell the fridge afterwards this step also helps to minimize damage to the water lines.
Clean and Remove Interior Components
Just like moving a piece of furniture, it is much easier to move a fridge if it is dismantled as much as possible. The inside shelving and other interior components can make a move harder and unsafe, preemptively removing and this helps in the long run. Thoroughly cleaning the fridge helps if you plan to sell or donate it after the move. If you are recycling the fridge call a HVAC professional to remove the Freon within your fridge. This is a refrigerant and it must be uninstalled from the appliance before a fridge can be properly recycled.
This post was written by Chad Merk. Chad is the owner of Dad and Son Hauling. Dad and Son Hauling is a family owned and operated company that offers dumpster rental in St Petersburg FL. They do everything from full house cleanouts to simple appliance removal. Dad and Son Hauling is your one-stop shop for all your Junk removal needs.