Refrigerator Removal Guide: How to Do it Yourself

Safety tips for moving a refrigerator


Moving a refrigerator is a difficult task to take on by yourself. These appliances tend to be at least 300 lbs, which is why many people opt to have it moved by professionals. If you’re up to a challenge, though, we have prepared a refrigerator removal guide. By following these tips, you’ll avoid damaging your refrigerator or hurting yourself.

Refrigerator Removal Guide

  • Refrigerators are large – so large that they are sometimes too bulky to fit through doors, halls, and stairwells before. Prior to moving your refrigerator, compare its measurements with the places through which you plan to move it.
  • Remove all the contents of the refrigerator. Then remove all trays and drawers, wrapping them separately.
  • Defrost your refrigerator for at least 24 hours prior to moving it. Then wipe down all the moisture from the interior.
  • Close the fridge door and tie a strap around it to prevent the door flying open during the move.
  • Ask a friend or two for help. Refrigerators are heavy, so bringing in reinforcements can help prevent injury or damage to your home or fridge.
  • Get the refrigerator onto a dolly, tying it securely with moving straps.

Get Help with Your Fridge Removal

At some point, all refrigerators and appliances need to be replaced. If you don’t want to do it yourself, keep in mind that most trash companies will not pick them up for you since they’re so large. Plus, leaving refrigerators in a landfill is harmful to the environment. They leak chemicals that deplete the ozone and pollute the groundwater supply.

At JDog Junk Removal & Hauling, we are happy to help you by removing old appliances and safely disposing of them. If they are in good working order, we will find someone in the community who can use them. Contact us today by calling 844-GET-JDOG to schedule a pickup of your old fridge.