Appliance Self-Storage Tips & Best Cleaning Methods
When preparing your appliances for packing and self-storage, it is very important to clean and let them dry completely to prevent the buildup of mildew and mold. Here are some tips to help you pack and store your appliances the right way.
Self-Storage for Dishwashers
Unplug your dishwasher and thoroughly clean it. Let it dry completely for at least 24 hours before packing it. Disconnect and drain the hoses, leaving the door open for a while prior to the move. Use towels and packing paper to wrap dry hoses then place them inside the dishwasher.
Self-Storage for Stove tops, Ranges and Oven
Clean each item thoroughly. Make sure there is no grease left on the stove top, as dust and dirt will leave spots. Take out the broiler pan and racks from the oven. Tape burners and coil elements onto the top of the stove then tape down all the knobs. Unfasten all removable parts and pack them safely in a box. Mark the box with the contents. Hire a qualified person to disconnect your gas range and secure the line. Tape electrical cords onto the appliance then seal all doors and lids as well.
Self-storage for Washing Machines
Similar to your dishwasher, thoroughly clean and dry your washing machine at least 24 hours before you start packing. Disconnect and drain the hoses, then wrap the metal connector ends of the hoses with a towel and place them inside the washer. Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines and secure the tub with a brace or place towels between the tub and sidewall to avoid swaying. If you no longer have the manufacturer’s guidelines, you can purchase a washer kit instead with a manual that provides instructions on how to secure the tub. If you prefer to have this done by experts, there are third party services who can help. Tape the electrical cords onto the appliance. Seal all doors and lids with a tape to keep them closed.
Self-storage for Clothes Dryers
Unplug the dryer before cleaning. If you are moving a gas dryer, have a qualified person disconnect the dryer and cap off the gas line. Tape the electrical cords onto the dryer and tape all the doors and lids closed.
Self-storage for Refrigerators and Freezers
Unplug your refrigerator at least 48 hours before packing. Dry out both the refrigerator and freezer, particularly those containing
an ice maker. Dispose of all perishables. Thoroughly wash and allow to dry completely. Pack all the loose parts such as bins and shelves in a secured container. Vacuum the compressor or condenser. Empty and clean the evaporator pan and allow it to dry completely. If you have a cold water dispenser or automatic ice maker, turn off the water and disconnect the water line. Empty out the water reservoir. Place a spacer between the door and tape it closed. This will allow air to circulate and eliminate odor. Lastly, store the power cord in the bottom of the fridge and haul away.
Self-storage for Microwave Ovens
Remove the glass tray then wrap and securely pack in a box. Ideally, use the original box to keep the microwave. If this is no longer available, a well-cushioned carton may be used. Tape down the glass turntable then tape the door shut. Finally, tape the power cord onto the back of the unit and pack the appliance securely in a box.
Follow these simple tips on effective storage for appliances. If you have any questions, feel free to call us at (330) 484-1370 or email us today.