So you got a new fridge and you aren't ready to let go of your old one yet. Maybe you are waiting to give it to a family member, or maybe you need to store it until you can sell it. Whatever the reason, if your fridge is going into storage you can't just shove it into the storage unit and call it good. There are a few things you need to keep in mind when storing your fridge to ensure that it stays in the best condition possible.
Make it Spotless Before Storage
In order to ensure that your fridge in storage doesn't become overrun by pests, you need to ensure that its as clean as possible before storage. Instead of just giving your fridge a quick wipe-down, remove all shelves and drawers, clean the inside of the fridge and clean the shelves and drawers separately. Use a mixture of baking soda and water to clean the interior of your fridge. You should also clean and dust off the back of the fridge.
Keep it as Dry as Possible
You should defrost your fridge for a long time period before you put it into storage. Unplug your fridge before you clean it to start the defrosting process. Before you put it into storage, after it has defrosted for a number of days, ensure that you wipe it completely dry. Leaving moisture in your fridge can cause weird odors at best, and at worst can cause mold to start to grow and spread throughout your fridge while it's in storage.
Move and Store it Upright
In order to keep your fridge in the best working order, you need to ensure that you move it and store it upright. If you tip your fridge on its side or upside down, you might end up ruining the fridge's compressor unit and causing the fridge to become inoperable. Your fridge partly works by moving high-pressured gas into the condenser by the compressor running. If you tip your fridge over, fluids that help with this process pool into the condenser. When you put your fridge in an upright position again, the fluid can't return to its rightful place in the compressor. The compressor will then fail to work due to lack of fluid.
When you store your fridge upright, it's also important that you take the proper steps to prevent it from being opened. You don't want a curious kid getting trapped in your fridge. Either use a lock and chains to ensure that it can't be opened, or stack large, heavy items in front of the door to make opening the door difficult or impossible.
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