Moving large appliances is no easy task. If you are moving soon or have recently upgraded appliances, you may be looking to move your washer and dryer. Protect your washer and dryer during the move by following these tips!
Moving a Washer and Dryer
- Run a Clean Rinse Through the Washing Machine: Before you can move your washing machine into storage, it is important to give it a proper cleaning. If the washing machine has built up detergent inside of it, it can form mold or mildew during storage. Prevent this from happening by running a clean cycle through the washing machine. If you believe there still may be more detergent inside of the washing machine, run a solution of water and vinegar through it.
- Turn off the Water: Before moving the washing machine, turn off the water valves. The water valves can be shut off by turning the water valve clockwise. Remove the hoses connecting the washing machine to the water and place them inside of the washer or dryer for safekeeping.
- Dissemble Removable Pieces: Before moving the dryer, remove the lint trap. This will prevent the lint trap from getting dropped and damaged while it’s in transit.
- Shut off the Gas: If you do not have experience with gas lines, it would be smart to consult an expert. Messing with the gas line can be extremely dangerous. Once the gas line has been shut off, place the hoses inside of the washer or dryer for safekeeping.
- Protect the Appliances with Moving Blankets: Keep the washer and dryer in the best condition by protecting them with a moving blanket during transit.
- Lift with a Dolly: Never try to lift the washer or dryer on your own. The appliances are extremely heavy, and any slight bumps or scratches can be very damaging. Place the washer and dryer on a dolly and secure them using rope or bungee cords.
Tips for Storing a Washer and Dryer in a Storage Unit
There are a few different reasons why you may be looking to store your washer and dryer. Maybe you need temporary storage because you are moving soon but your new home won’t be ready for a few more months. Or, maybe you have upgraded appliances but are still looking to keep your old washer and dryer because they’re still in working condition. Whatever the reason, follow these tips to keep your washer & dryer in the best shape possible while in storage.
- Choose the Correct Storage Unit Size: The size of the storage unit needed will depend on what you are storing. If you are only storing a washer and dryer, a 5×5 storage unit will work. If you need to store additional appliances, including a refrigerator, washing machine, and other appliances, consider a 5×10 or 10×10 storage unit.
- Keep the Washer and Dryer Covered: Cover the washer and dryer with a sheet to protect them from dust and dirt settling during storage.
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