Storing Home Appliances
If you own rental properties, or you have an old refrigerator or stove you need to store until you can sell it, it’s important to find the right self-storage option for your appliances. You might be working on a property and need to move some of the appliances out, or you might be holding on to a stove until a friend or relative needs it, and at EZ Storage® in Philadelphia, we can help you find the best unit.
Refrigerators and Freezers
If you have plans to store a refrigerator or freezer, it’s important to take the time to clean and defrost it. A fridge with a built-in freezer should be unplugged so that the freezer can defrost, and you’ll want to wipe down the shelves so that no food residue remains. A mild disinfectant can help you clean the shelves, and you’ll want to be sure everything is dry before you put the appliance in your storage unit.
For standalone deep freezes, you may need to unplug it and chip some of the built-up ice out of it so that it can defrost properly. There should be a drain plug on the back of the freezer, and it’s often best to clean and defrost the appliance outside or where the water can safely drain once the ice melts. You’ll want to be sure all the water has drained before you put the freezer in the storage unit, as you don’t want water ruining your other belongings!
Once your fridge or freezer is cleaned, drained, and ready to store, you can put it in the unit with the door slightly open to allow for better airflow. You may be able to store smaller items inside the appliances, but you’ll want to be sure that those items won’t do any damage.
Stoves and Ovens
A stove top or oven that is kept in good condition can last for many years, and if you need to store a cooking appliance, you’ll want to be sure all grease and residue is cleaned off before you put the appliance in your storage unit. With an electric oven, you can wrap the cord up neatly, and the appliance may have a space in the back for it to be stored. For gas ovens, make sure the heating elements are properly protected and that you detach the gas supply safely so that no connections are broken.
Once it’s clean and ready to go, be sure to cover your oven or stove top so that it can’t be damaged or scratched, as that can compromise the integrity of the cooking surface. The last thing you want is to take the appliance out of storage and find that it no longer works!
If you have home appliances that you need to store while you work on a rental property, while you’re getting ready to move, or while somebody else makes space for them, come to EZ Storage® today. We’ve helped people in Philly for many years, and we know we can help you find the ideal self-storage unit.
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