The first step is to remove all food and drinks from the refrigerator before storing it. This prevents pests from being attracted to the unit during storage.
After clearing out the fridge, the next step is to defrost it. Unplug the refrigerator from the power source and place absorbent materials, such as towels or paper towels, underneath and around the fridge to catch the melting ice. Leave the refrigerator doors open for at least three days to ensure complete defrosting and drying. This step is crucial to prevent mold growth during storage.
Once the refrigerator is fully defrosted, it's time to clean it. Remove all the shelves from inside the fridge and use warm soapy water or a mixture of baking soda and water to clean both the interior and exterior surfaces. Pay attention to removing any excess food particles and moisture. To sanitize the fridge, you can use a solution of 1 gallon of water mixed with a tablespoon of liquid bleach. Additionally, don't forget to dust off the coil magnets located behind the fridge.
When moving the refrigerator, it's important to handle it properly. Always keep the fridge in an upright position during transportation to avoid damaging the compressor. Avoid laying it on its side.
Now it's time to store the refrigerator in the self-storage unit. Place the fridge upright in the same position you would use it at home, and ensure the doors are left open. This allows for proper air circulation inside the fridge during storage.
By following these five easy steps, you can safely store your refrigerator in a self-storage unit, protecting it from damage and ensuring its optimal condition for future use.