By Suzi Conner, Area Manager, CSSM
When it comes to appliance storage, we have some tips you can follow to keep them in great shape. You can choose to store them in a drive-up, temperature control or an inside access storage unit depending on your needs. If you take some time and follow these basic steps, your appliances can be maintenance free when you remove them from your self storage unit.
Storing Your Refrigerator
When you want to place your refrigerator in storage for any length of time, you need to complete some prep work first to prevent damage. First of all, be sure to remove all items from the freezer and fridge. Take some time to clean and dry the fridge thoroughly – make it look like new inside. You may want to leave the doors open for a while to ensure all the moisture has dried completely.
If your refrigerator has water lines for an ice maker or in-door water feature, you will want to drain them completely. Again, you may want to let some time pass to ensure there is no water left in the lines.
After your fridge is emptied and cleaned, it is time to take it to your storage unit. You will want to store it standing up, just like if you were using it at home. Laying them down or on their side can cause damage. A good idea is to wedge the doors open slightly to prevent any funky smells. You can use some folded up cardboard and tape it to the door as a prop. To maximize the space in your storage unit, you can place boxes and bags inside the fridge and freezer. You can also place boxes and tubs on top of it as well. You should place a large blanket over the fridge to protect the finish as well.
Storing Your Washer and Dryer
Again, you will want to clean the inside and outside and allow time for everything to dry completely. You also need to drain the hose lines on your washer. For your dryer, be sure to safely secure the gas line to the back to prevent it from being damaged when moving it around. Using shrink wrap around the entire dryer is a good way to hold the line in place.
Once your washer and dryer are inside your storage unit, it is best to place a blanket over them both to protect the finish from scratches or damage. You can store boxes or tubs on top of both to help utilize the space in your storage unit fully. You can even place small items inside of them both as well.
Storing Your Stove/Range & Microwave
No one likes to clean their oven, even when it is right in your kitchen and you use it most days! But, it is very important that you clean it thoroughly if you plan to place it into storage. That means take out all the racks and really get in there and scrub, and clean the racks and burners, too. You need to ensure that there are zero food particles or residue left when you are done. Make sure to wipe the sides clean too, because food and liquids can easily spill off the counter and you won’t see that mess until you pull the stove out away from the wall. If you don’t clean it well enough, the smells that are left can attract pests. And, that is something you definitely want to prevent!
Just like with a gas washer, if you have a gas range you will want to safely secure the gas line to prevent it from getting damaged by or causing damage to other items in your storage unit. Once you have your stove inside your storage unit, you can place boxes or small tubs inside of it, and on top of it to save space. It is a good idea to also cover your range with a blanket to prevent scratches or damage.
Your microwave is much easier to deal with. You can wipe it clean with very little effort. Just be sure to remove the turntable and clean the wheels and glass table thoroughly as well as the interior and door. Again, let it dry completely before closing the door. You should cover your microwave with a blanket, or place it in a large box to keep it safe and away from dents and scratches.
Many people will never need appliance storage. However, if you are remodeling, moving or have bought new ones and are saving the old ones for your children, you will need to store them somewhere. They take up a lot of space, so a self storage unit is a great option. By following these simple steps, you will help prevent damage to your appliances and help keep their value. So, when you are ready to remove them from storage, you will have a hassle-free experience!