Home Appliance Storage
Big, bulky home appliances take up a lot of space. Self-storage units are a great way to free up some room when appliances—a washer, a dryer, a refrigerator—are going unused. Storing home appliances is usually pretty straightforward, but there are a few things to take care of to avoid ruining your home appliances.
Before You Move
- Drain any hoses or components in clothes or dish washers to prevent mildew buildup.
- Clean the interior of refrigerators and drain the holding tank. Also make sure the defrost pan is dried properly.
- Most appliances will have glass or fragile components. Always remember to remove them before moving. Any movement or jostling during the moving process can end up costing you!
- Depending on the appliance, you might want to spray for insects. Allow to dry completely before storage.
- Consider climate-controlled storage units for especially valuable home appliances. Extreme variations in temperatures can harm electronics parts, crack or split exteriors, and promote rust in any part of the appliance. Avoid any direct exposure to light when placing the appliances in the unit.
- Clearly mark any glass or fragile exterior components. You'll want to avoid leaning any other heavy objects against these components, and this small step will avoid any confusion or accidents when loading other objects into the self-storage unit.
- Never plug an appliance into any outlets available in the storage unit.
- Use non-abrasive covers to protect from dust. Try not to use any plastic covers that may trap condensation.