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How to Move a Refrigerator

Host Paul Ryan demonstrates how to move a 600-pound refrigerator into place with the help of an airlifter.

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  • Time

    30 Minutes

  • Price Range

    $50 - $100

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate


Step 1: Position the Lifter Pad

Start by sliding the lifter pad under the frame so that the weight is evenly distributed.

Note: An airlifter can move up to 800 pounds.

position the lifter pad under refrigerator

Step 2: Attach the Blower Hose

Attach the blower hose to the two pads, but be careful as the fridge starts to levitate -- make sure someone stabilizes the unit so it doesn't tip.

The blower hose is equipped with a valve that regulates the flow of air. Open the control valve all the way to the start.

Once the air is flowing, start closing the valve to keep the pads from filling too quickly.

attach blower hose to the two pads

Step 3: Move the Refrigerator

Gently guide the unit through the room. Make sure to keep it level -- not putting too much weight on either pad. Take your time.

Note: Another advantage to using an airlifter is that it won't scratch the floor.

Once the unit is lined up, slide the pads out. Then use the refrigerator wheels to roll it into place.

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  • iCEBOX FlipScreen (Salton's Beyond Connected Appliances/model: FS04/color: Slate) from Icebox-LLC



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