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How to move kitchen and laundry room appliances


Many everyday appliances require servicing, disconnecting and preparation before moving.  It’s helpful to know your role in preparing the appliances so there won’t be any surprises come moving day.  Most preparations include thorough cleaning and proper knowledge of how to disconnect the appliances.

Upon request, your Wheaton agent will gladly hire a third-party service to help you with any or all of the tasks of preparing appliances for moving.


Some of these tasks might include:

  • Disconnecting appliances or utilities
  • Repairing appliances
  • Removing window air conditioning units or TV antennas
  • Performing wiring, plumbing, electrical, or carpentry services


As these are not responsibilities of the moving company, a third-party provider can be extremely helpful.


Below is a list of preparation tips for many different appliances – you may be able to do more than you think to prepare for your move:



  • Turn it off.  Your refrigerator should be turned off about 48 hours prior to your move.
  • Open the door.The door should be opened 24 hours before a move to allow for airflow and also to detract odors.
  • Secure shelves.The shelves should either be secured in place or detached and wrapped.
  • Tape the cord.  The electric cord should be unplugged and taped to the back of the unit.  This will help avoid injury to the movers.
  • Clean.  Make sure to thoroughly clean both the interiorandthe exterior of the appliance using a mild detergent. You could even leave a box of open baking soda to help absorb odors after it has been cleaned.



  • Defrost and clean.  The defrosting process varies depending on the size of the freezer, but definitely allow at least a few hours. Be sure to thoroughly clean the freezer to help avoid unwanted smells.
  • Disconnect the icemaker.  The icemaker should be disconnected from the water line and drained in advance.  Do this around the same time you turn off your fridge. 
  • Remove food. Perishable food items cannot be moved. Plus it’s much easier and more sanitary to transport a freezer if it’s empty – the plastic shelves can easily crack if anything is left on them and frozen food can be easily spoiled.



  • Unplug. Before doing anything with your dishwasher, make sure the unit is either unplugged and/or the power is turned off.
  • Open the door.  Leave the door open for several hours to ensure that the dishwasher is completely dry.
  • Disconnect.  If you don’t hire a third-party service, make sure to disconnect the hoses, the water inlet line and the water valve.



  • Unplug and shut off. If disconnecting the oven independently, be sure to unplug the oven from the wall outlet, turn off the power, and shut off the gas line. Wheaton recommends hiring a service technician, especially if it’s a gas-powered oven.
  • Remove all parts.   Make sure to remove all burner pans or grates on the stove part of the oven.  This will help to avoid damage.
  • Clean. All parts of the oven should be cleaned prior to moving. This includes the oven racks, grates, pans or knobs.  Also, be sure to clean the inside of the oven as well.


Washing machine:

  • Disconnect. Turn off all water faucets and disconnect and drain the hoses.  All hoses should also be removed from the machine and placed in a carton.
  • Drain. All the water should be drained from the machine, no matter what time of year the move will occur.
  • Unplug.  The electric cord should be unplugged and taped to the back of the washing machine to avoid injury and damage during a move.
  • Secure. The washer drum needs to be secured prior to a move.  Ask your Wheaton agent the best way to secure the drum would be on a top loading washer.  A front loading washer’s drum must be secured with bolts that are provided by the manufacturer. These are not available from your Wheaton agent, so be sure to plan ahead if you don’t have the original bolts.
  • Open the lid. Leave the lid open so any remaining moisture or water will dry prior to the move.



  • Unplug and Disconnect. The dryer should be disconnected from the electrical power source. Be sure to tape the cord to the back of the machine.  If the dryer is gas-powered, a service technician should cap off the gas line.
  • Remove. The vent hose should be removed from the dryer prior to a move.

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