May 7, 2021 by Wendy Hoke

Will Movers Disconnect Your Large Appliances?

Large household appliances are expensive to repair or replace. If you are moving, you may think that the professional movers will disconnect your washer, dryer, and other large appliances. However, they typically will not perform those services.

Hire Professional Technicians to Disconnect Large Appliances

You have options. You can disconnect and reconnect your appliances yourself. Or, you can hire service providers that specialize in this area, like Alliance Relocation Services. It may cost a little extra, but considering the cost of replacing or repairing a refrigerator, dishwasher, or other appliance, this option is cost effective.

Take a look at what goes into preparing large appliances for an upcoming move.

Refrigerators and Freezers

Disconnect your refrigerator and prepare it for transport at least a day before actually moving it. If you live in a humid climate, do this 2 days in advance of the move.

  • Empty the contents
    Defrost the freezer (instructions my be printed inside or in your owner’s manual)
    Unplug the power cord
    If it has a water line and ice maker, shut off the water valve at the wall and disconnect them
    Drain the reservoir
    Prop the doors open and periodically wipe away any water that collects
    To help with the evaporation of residual water, open a window or put a floor fan nearby for a few hours

To help prevent odors, use an odor pack inside during transport. This can be a sock filled with baking soda, fresh kitty litter, or coffee grounds.

Washing Machines

  • Unplug or disconnect the power line
    Turn off the water supply from the wall
    Disconnect the water line(s)
    Stabilize the drums

For a top-load machine, your mover may provide a styrofoam “washer pack” which they’ll insert between the drum and frame to hold everything in place during transit. For front-load machines, you will need special metal hardware, tools, instructions, and some skill.

The hardware comes with every new machine, many homeowners choose not to do it on their own when moving.


Dryers are a little easier to prepare for a move. However, if you have a gas dryer, it’s best to have a trained service technician disconnect it and deal with the exposed gas line.

  • Unplug the power cord
    Tilt it forward and remove the vent (exhaust) line hose clamp
    With a helper, place a moving blanket underneath and slide it away from the wall
    Thoroughly clean the lint screen

At your new home, you can hire a company to reconnect your dryer, or you can do it yourself.


Dishwashers are usually included in the sale of a home, so they’re not commonly moved. But, if yours is an expensive model, you might want to take it with you. If you do, you will need to deal with countertops, flooring, plumbing, and electricity. Dishwashers don’t easily slide out of their space.

Many homeowners have tried to save money disconnecting and moving their dishwasher only to damage it, as well as the parts of the kitchen to which it was once attached. Unless you’re a plumber, electrician, and experienced kitchen remodeler, it’s best to hire a professional.

Stoves, Ranges, and Ovens

Stoves, ranges, and ovens can either be gas or electric. Like dishwashers, they typically stay with the home when it’s sold. They have potentially dangerous gas or electricity issues, are connected to the floor, wall, and adjacent cabinets. They are best prepared for moving by a professional.

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