Moving appliances

moving appliancesOur movers will do all of the work for you from loading your appliances into the truck and safely unload out of the truck into your new home. Preparing major appliances and other household goods is an important task for you to schedule.

When planning important details of a move, be sure to get ready for the relocation of major appliances and other heavy items. Special precautions will be needed to prepare certain items.

Your responsibility:

Take care of the preparations by yourself
Hire a professional technician
Ask your Los Angeles moving specialist to make the arrangements for you at an additional charge.


It means getting ready appliances so they will withstand handling during relocation or while in storage. This task may include bracing a washer tub, disconnecting an ice maker, capping off a gas line, and handling of satellite dish components.

Moving companies do not:

Disconnect or connect appliances in the new residence.
Disconnect or connect utilities.
Repair or service appliances.
Disassemble or install air conditioners or television and radio antennas.
Perform wiring, plumbing, electrical or carpentry services.

Servicing Responsibility

The appliance service company representative prepares your appliances for safe handling prior to relocation and/or shipment.
The gas service company representative disconnects gas lines and caps the pipes.

The Moving Company

Provides movers for handling of appliances during a move. Every effort is made to ensure that appliances reach destination safely.

Moving specialist if authorized by the owner, arrange for any servicing required. However, the moving company does not automatically assume this responsibility.

The Owner

Responsible for having appliances serviced, both at origin and destination. You should have a service representative prepare appliances for relocation at least one day before the move.

You can authorize the moving company to arrange for appliance servicing. This is an accessories or third-party service which will be added to the Bill of Lading as an additional cost or advanced charge.

Preparation of major appliances

Thorough cleaning and drying of appliances, especially the refrigerator, freezer and range are very important, especially if they will be in storage for any length of time.

Cleaning instructions are included in the owner’s manual that comes with new appliances. If no manual is available, use a detergent solution. Do not use harsh abrasives that will scratch surfaces. A vacuum cleaner can remove excess dust.

These are general guidelines for cleaning and servicing appliances. If your owner’s manual provides better, more clear directions, please follow them.



Carefully wipe off the control panel with a dampened cloth.
An appliance polishing wax can be applied to the cabinet surface.
The interior does not need cleaning unless you see a buildup of food or soap.
Leave the door open to dry the appliance.


Shut off the electric and water supplies.
Disconnect and drain all the hoses. Wrap hoses with towels and place inside the dishwasher or inside the moving box.
Disconnect and drain the water inlet line and water valve.
Dry remaining water from the bottom of the dishwasher.

Washing Machine


Use a soft cloth and appliance cleaner to wipe clean the exterior.
Clean lint filter and tub with a dry cloth on the inside.
Leave the lid open so that any moisture will evaporate.


Turn off water faucets, disconnect and drain hoses.
Wrap the connector ends of hoses in a cloth and put in the washing machine.
Water needs to be drained from the tub because shipment can travel through a variety of climates and terrain.
Ask your moving agent about third-party appliance servicing. There are many different washer moving kits available from appliance manufacturers.



Turn off the power to the appliance or unplug it completely.
Remove any debris from the lint screen with your fingers or a dry paper towel.
Wipe off the exterior with an appliance cleaner and soft cloth.
Remove dust from the interior with a sponge or vacuum cleaner.
With tim dryer drum gets discolored, you can try a mild liquid household cleaner and warm water. Work on the drum until the discoloration is gone. Reconnect to electricity and run the dryer with a load of old clothes to remove any soap residue and to thoroughly dry the drum.


Disconnect the appliance.
The appliance should be disconnected and the gas line capped off before relocation by a qualified service technician.
Use a qualified installer who is familiar with requirements for gas and or electricity, as well as the exhaust system.



Wipe off the surface of the range with a cleaning solution.
Wash in a hot water any removable parts such as knobs, grates, and oven racks.
If you can raise the range top, clean the area underneath it with soapy water.
Wash removable items before packing day so they can be packed in a carton or any storage compartment on the range.
Look up the guidelines listed in your owner’s manual for additional instructions.


Gas range must be disconnected before the moving day by a qualified technician. You will need a certified gas installer to check your gas supply, connect the range to the gas line, seal any openings, light the pilot and handle any other hook-up procedures.
For an electric range, generally no servicing is required. When you reach final destination, have your power supply checked. Some ranges, such as those with air-ventilated grills, vary on the voltage they require.



Use a cloth and mild detergent to wipe clean the exterior.
Dispose of perishables and unplug the power cord prior to cleaning the interior.
Clean removable parts such as shelves and drawers with a solution of warm water and baking soda. Ice trays and ice storage bins should be washed in lukewarm water only.
Wash the interior walls and any non-removable parts with a mild detergent.
Leave the door open for at least 24 hours to allow all water to evaporate. If your refrigerator is not a frost-free model you need to defrost and dry it before the move.
Glass shelves should be removed and carefully packed in a moving box during transit.
Clean the butter and egg compartments; be sure the appliance is totally empty and dry.
After cleaning, place an odor and mildew preventative in your refrigerator.
Remove the base covering and vacuum the condenser or compresso at the bottom of the unit.
Clean the evaporator pan make sure it's dry.


Disconnect the water line if you have an automatic ice maker. Empty the water reservoir.
Do not operate the refrigerator for at least 24 hours after delivery. Allow some time for the oil to settle, this procedure prevents damage to the compressor or condenser.
Connect ice makers and water dispensers to a water line. Once your ice maker is in service, get rid of the first few batches of ice to avoid possible impurities from opening a water line.


Freezers have to be empty during a move.
Home freezers are not designed as shipping containers. The food left inside during the move can crack plastic shelves or the molding of the freezer.
Frozen foods are highly perishable. The temperature inside disconnected freezer will not remain the same during relocation. Trucks have neither electricity to keep freezers running, nor can a driver stop along the way to reconnect a freezer to a power.