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Moving a Washer and Dryer in 9 Easy Steps

Posted on: September 1, 2017 | by: Stor-Mor March 19, 2018

Most likely at some point in your life, you will be in a situation where you have to move or store an appliance. If you are planning on moving appliances to a new home or placing them in storage for later use, it is important to take the necessary steps to prepare them for the move. Every appliance will require different preparation for a move. For example, preparing a washer and dryer for moving and storage is going to be different than preparing a microwave or stove. It is very important to properly prepare washers and dryers for storage in order to keep them protected from damage during the move and while in storage. Try out these washer and dryer moving and storage tips.

How to Move a Dryer and Washer

  1. Consult the owner’s manual for specific manufacturer instructions on transporting a washer or dryer.
  2. About a week before you need to move the appliance, run a clean rinse in the washer to remove any detergent in the washer. If there is harder-to-remove detergent, run a vinegar solution through with the rinse cycle. For the dryer, remove any debris and lint left over from the last load of laundry.
  3. Shut off the cold and hot water valves from the wall after you run the last rinse cycle. If the appliances are hooked up to gas power, turn off the gas and remove the hose very carefully from the wall. You should always consult a professional if you are not certain about disconnecting from gas. Don’t forget to switch off the washer and dryer’s circuit breakers.
  4. Remove the lint traps and other removable parts from the dryer. Wash them using a mild mixture of soap and water. Make sure that all washer and dryer parts that you removed are also dry to prevent the accumulation of mold and rust.
  5. Let the washer and dryer to thoroughly dry after you clean them. Leave the washing machine door open for a few days to ensure it is completely dry.
  6. Remove the hoses from the wall and place them within the appliances. Also, place electrical wiring inside the appliance, so you will not lose them in transit.
  7. Use a dolly to move the washer and dryer. Secure the appliance to the dolly with bungee cords or rope.
  8. Use strong tape to hold the doors and latches shut during travel. Wrap blankets around the appliance to help prevent scratches.
  9. If you are putting the washer and dryer in storage, keep the doors slightly ajar to assure air flow. You can use the dryer for additional storage of linens, pillows and blankets while in the storage unit.
  10. Place a blanket or cotton sheet over the washer and dryer while it is in storage. Do not use a plastic tarp or cover as that can block air flow.

Are You In Need of a Location to Store Your Washer or Dryer?

If you’re looking for a location to store your washer and dryer that will keep it safe from damage caused by moisture or fluctuations in temperature, consider a storage unit. A climate controlled storage unit will maintain a range of temperature that will be safe for the storage of appliances. Are you interested in learning more about a storage unit rental for appliances or other household needs? Contact us today!

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