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Question DetailsAsked on 5/2/2018

I need to move a large refrigerator from the garage to the kitchen through a large window type hole

This is a larger refrigerator with side by side doors and a middle drawer with a large freezer door on the bottom. The hole between the living room and kitchen is about 4 1/2 feet from the floor to about 2 feet from the ceiling. There is room to move the frig there but it has to be lifted and moved through the hole. Is there any company that can do that?

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Moving would be the Search the List category - normal local Moving and Transfer company like would do a local move or packing for an interstate mover. And do a bit of google (or owner's manual) research on the reefer to find the empty weight in advance so they know how many people to bring - probably 4 at least, maybe as many as 6 or so if a large commercial sized unit. Also consider alternative access - up outside deck/porch stairs into dining room to kitchen or such, maybe. Does not necessarily have to come in directly from the garage through the house.

Unless this is a VERY old house, with 24" or 28" doors, it would be REAL unusual for the reefer to not fit sideways through the kitchen door (maybe with removal of the door and hinges to provide more clearance). And if kitchen doorway is that small, can it fit up any stairs or through door from garage ?

Probably best to have them come give a quote and measure - because if clearances are that tight might not fit through other doors to geat to the living room, up any stairs, etc - so doors or handrails or siuch might have to be removed to get it through, which of course affects the amount of time on the job and the charges.

Take dated photos of all sides of the reefer to document any possible damage - because you cannot safely rest a reefer in the opening while passing ti though - at least not MAYBE at the very ends.

And note - after being tilted on its side, do NOT plug it in for at least 15 minutes after it has been put in place - preferably half hour or more, to allow the refrigerant to drain where it is supposed to be. Starting it right up with liquid refrigerant possibly accumulated in the compressor is called "compressor slugging" and can cause compressor and/or motor damage as it tries to start full of liquid.

Make sure drawer and all shelves and internal bins and drawers are removed during the move too, and the cord taped to the back to avoid damage - removing all the shelves and drawers also reduces the carrying weight.

Answered 2 years ago by LCD

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