Moving can be stressful and costly. Does your new home lack a washer and dryer? Did you recently purchase a washer and dryer that you wish to take into your new residence? Whether you are moving with a professional van line or self-hauling; these tips can be very helpful to you. Household appliances are very expensive and require special moving instructions. If you are moving large appliances to a new home or placing them in storage for future use, you want to make sure that you keep the appliances in good shape so you can continue to use the appliances for many years. Preparing a washer and dryer for moving and storage is going to be different than preparing a stove or refrigerator. At Continental Van Lines, we have the tools to transport your large appliances efficiently and safely. Below are tips on how to properly move your washer and dryer for two types of moves.
Tips on Moving Washer and Dryer
- A week before you need to move the appliance, run a clean rinse in the washer to remove any detergent in the washer. For the dryer, remove any debris and lint left over from the last load of laundry.
- After you run the last rinse cycle, shut off the cold and hot water valves from the wall. If the appliances are hooked up to gas power, turn off the gas and remove the hose very carefully from the wall. You should always consult a professional if you are not certain about disconnecting from gas. Don’t forget to switch off the washer and dryer’s circuit breakers.
- Remove the lint traps and other removable parts from the dryer. Wash them using a mild mixture of soap and water. Make sure that all washer and dryer parts that you removed are also dry to prevent the accumulation of mold and rust.
- Allow the washer and dryer to thoroughly dry after you clean them. Leave the washing machine door open for a few days to ensure it is completely dry.
- Remove the hoses from the wall and place them within the appliances. Also, place electrical wiring inside the appliance, so you will not lose them in transit.
- Place the appliance on a moving dolly. Secure the appliance to the dolly with bungee cords or rope.
- Transporting the washing machine and dryer should be done very carefully in order to prevent scratches, broken doors and hinges. Use strong tape to hold the doors and latches shut during travel. Wrap blankets around the appliance to help prevent scratches.
- Load the washer and dryer last into the moving truck. They will be the first items removed when you are at your new home or storage unit.
- If you are putting the washer and dryer in storage, keep the doors slightly ajar to assure air flow. You can use the dryer for additional storage of linens, pillows and blankets while in the storage unit.
- While in storage, place a blanket or cotton sheet over the washer and dryer. Do not use a plastic tarp or cover as that can block air flow.
Moving a Front Loading Washer?
- It requires special instructions before moving.
- Your washer and dryer may have come with bolts or moving pins to secure the drum and keep it stationary during transit. If you do not have these, ask your qualified service technician about the best way to secure your drum.
- Many appliance manufacturers also offer washer moving kits.
Moving With Us?
- You will have coverage for all items being moved.
- When we move your washer and dryer we take the steps needed to fully protect.
- Third party service technicians will disconnect and fully secure your items for the move.
- All appliances will be reconnected properly at destination.