Is there a secret to moving appliances? It’s not a secret that the process of moving to another home involves plenty of heavy lifting all around, and sometimes it’s those specific strenuous and physical moving jobs that leave no other alternatives for home movers but to hire experienced professionals to do whatever’s required to be relocated in a quick and, more importantly, safe manner.

Huge furniture pieces such as beds, wardrobes, desks, closets, couches, sofas, cupboards, dining tables, etc. will probably be the first objects to pop up in your head when you picture big and heavy household items waiting to be moved, and you’ll be right to do so. However, the above mentioned items are not the only heavyweight contenders you will have to prepare and move come moving day. Heavy and large household appliances are never a joke.

When moving appliances to your new destination, it’s imperative that they are disconnected and prepared for transport. Your professional moving company should be able to provide you with services for moving appliances. The following are some tasks you can complete to expedite the process and prepare these items for efficient transportation. Remember, it’s critical to clean and dry your appliances prior to moving to avoid the buildup of mildew and mold. Grease left on a stovetop will catch dust and dirt, and unfortunately, leave spots on anything that comes in contact with it.

Washing Machine

  • Disconnect and drain hoses; clean and thoroughly dry the machine.
  • Wrap metal connector ends of hoses in a towel and store inside washer.
  • Secure the drum following the manufacturer’s guidelines to prevent swaying. If you prefer not to do it yourself, there are many third party service providers in Calgary who can provide this service for you.
  • If you are transporting a front loading washing machine ensure that it is blocked using the original blocks or butts that came with the machine. Please consult manufacturers websites for full details.
  • Have the washer installed and connected by a qualified installer upon arrival to your new destination.


  • Unplug or turn off the dryer from electrical power.
  • Clean the lint screen.
  • Prior to plugging in your electric dryer at your new residence, have your power supply checked for the correct electrical requirements. Tip: If you are moving a gas dryer, the appliance should be disconnected and the gas line capped off by a qualified technician. The driver and the crew members are not qualified to perform this service. Your professional estimator can make the arrangements for you.

Refrigerator / Freezer

  • Dispose of all perishables. 
  • Unplug the power cord no less than 24 hours prior to moving day.
  • Coil the power cord and tape it on the back of the appliance for safety reasons.
  • Remove all applicable parts, wash and dry removable parts thoroughly.
  • Allow the interior of the refrigerator and freezer to completely dry so all moisture evaporates.
  • Pack all loose parts such as bins, ice trays and shelves in an approved carton.
  • Vacuum the condenser or compressor.
  • Empty, clean and let the evaporator pan completely dry.
  • If you have an automatic icemaker or cold water dispenser, turn off the water and disconnect the line.
  • Empty the water reservoir.
  • Bolt down the compressor or motor, if applicable.
  • Do your best to keep your refrigerator in an upright position as much as possible. Avoid tipping it excessively or laying it on its sides as that will cause the compressor oil to leak into the cooling mechanism and even possibly damage your appliance.
  • Once you arrive at the new location, leave your fridge unplugged for at least 3 hours before you power it so that the coolant has had the chance to stabilize inside the cooling mechanism. Have a professional connect your water line.
  • Copper tubing, a shut off valve and fittings may be required.


Empty, clean and dry the dishwasher thoroughly. Disconnect and drain hoses, and leave the door open for a few days prior to the move. Place dry hoses wrapped in towels and packing paper in the dishwasher for transport.

Stove Top/Range/Oven

  • Clean the stove and oven thoroughly and let dry.
  • Pack all removable parts safely into a box.
  • Have a qualified technician disconnect your gas range before move day and have the gas line properly secured.
  • Once your gas stove/oven is delivered to your new residence, have a qualified installer check your gas supply, connect the gas line, seal any openings, light the pilot and perform any other hook-up requirements.

Microwave Oven

  • Remove wrap and securely pack any glass parts in a carton.
  • Pack the microwave in its original box or a secure carton.
  • If your microwave is large, ask your moving professional if it can be pad-wrapped for transit.
  • Do not block the exhaust vent when installing it at your new residence.

All in all, the easiest way to move appliances is to hire professionals experienced in relocating household appliances of all types. If you think you can handle this challenge on your own, be sure to read the user’s manuals of your household appliances before you get down to work.


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