03/07/2019 0 Comments
Expert Advice for Moving Your Large Appliances
Are you moving soon? At Ateliers G. Paquette, your local experts in home appliance repair and resource for replacement parts, we know a thing or two about transporting bulky appliances. Keep reading to take advantage of our best advice.
Questions to ask yourself before the move
To avoid unpleasant surprises when bringing your appliances into your new home, find out the answers to the following questions in advance.
- Will you be able to fit your appliances through the doorways and get them up to the stairs?
- Will your appliances fit properly in the various rooms (you’ll want to use your measuring tape to be sure)?
- Are all the required electrical outlets and water or gas pipes present?
If you responded in the affirmative to each of these questions, continue on to the next step. But if you said no to one or more of them, you’ll need to resolve the issue at hand before your move.
Tips for safely disconnecting your appliances
To prevent accidents, it’s important that you heed safety protocols when disconnecting your appliances. First of all, it’s essential that you call in a certified technician to disconnect, and afterwards reconnect, your gas lines.
Also, ensure that you shut off the water supply before connecting a washer, a dishwasher or a refrigerator that has a water dispenser or ice machine. And it’s a good idea to have a bucket and some cloths on hand to clean up any water that drips from the pipes.
For more safety instructions, consult the owner’s manual of each appliance or the manufacturer’s website.
Steps to prepare your appliances for transport
Once your appliances have been disconnected, follow these nine steps to get them ready to move.
1. Clear and sweep the area around the appliance so that it doesn’t risk getting scratched or collecting dirt or debris while it’s being moved.
2. Take this opportunity to thoroughly clean the inside of your appliance, including hard-to-reach areas.
3. Take out any removable components (oven racks, fridge drawers, etc.) and pack them separately.
4. Wrap your washer’s hoses in a towel and place them inside the machine.
5. Roll up your appliances’ power cords and wrap them with tape.
6. Secure the doors to the appliances with straps so that they stay closed during transport.
7. Protect each appliance with a cover and secure it with straps.
8. To move the appliances, use a heavy-duty hand truck and strong belts or enlist the help of moving professionals.
9. Always grip solid areas of the appliance when picking it up (for example, don’t grip the door handle or the back console of your oven).
If, despite your precautions, one of your appliances becomes damaged during the move, don’t worry: at Ateliers G. Paquette, we’ve been supplying parts and providing superior repair services for more than 40 years. Contact us today!