(Last Updated On: June 6, 2022)
Can refrigerator doors be removed for delivery?
Yes, you can remove the door of your refrigerator before delivery, but we don’t recommend it. There are several reasons why you shouldn’t open your refrigerator door during the delivery process.
Not only does this put the integrity of your refrigerator at risk, but it also can affect how much it costs to have the appliance delivered and set up properly in your home.
It’s the stuff of nightmares, but it happens more often than you might think. You order a refrigerator from Amazon, or some other online retailer, and when it arrives on your doorstep, it doesn’t fit through the door or around corners in your home.
This can be very stressful—and inconvenient to boot—but most furniture stores will allow you to remove the door of your appliance for delivery if you make them aware in advance. Here’s how to do just that, and why you may want to consider it in the first place!
The pros and cons of removing a refrigerator door
In general, it’s a bad idea to remove refrigerator doors for delivery and installation. This is especially true if you have any children in your home.
Though you may think that removing your door will make it easier to get into your fridge and use less energy, there are some major risks. First, if you remove your door, there will be nothing separating you from broken glass or other sharp objects on top of your fridge if they fall out while being moved.
There is also no way to prevent someone else from opening an upper compartment of your refrigerator during transit (or in storage). Lastly, even though it’s not as common as it used to be, perishable food items could spoil before they reach their destination. If at all possible, leave your door intact!
The safety precautions required
When a refrigerator is being moved into a home, there are several safety precautions that you should take. First, never try to remove or lift it by yourself.
Secondly, inspect any damaged areas of your home prior to and during delivery so you can point out anything wrong immediately. Thirdly, pay attention to where your electrical switches are placed in relation to where your fridge will be delivered—you want to make sure that you don’t accidentally bump or slam it into an outlet after installation.
Finally, have plenty of light on hand for your delivery men—especially if they’re working late at night—so they can see just how big of a hole they need to create in order for your fridge door(s) open unobstructedly.
Why you would remove the door?
Removing a refrigerator door is one of those processes that seems fairly straightforward but can become confusing if you don’t know what you’re doing. It all comes down to knowing how to properly remove a refrigerator door and whether or not it makes sense for your situation.
If, for example, you have an older refrigerator with no freezer then removing its door may be an obvious step in order to move it without damaging anything.
But if you have a more modern appliance with both fresh food and freezer space, removing a refrigerator door could make more sense than leaving it on—especially if there’s any damage at all to your current entryway.
How to remove the door?
Removing your refrigerator door for delivery might save you money and time, but it does carry some risk of damage. Before removing a refrigerator door for delivery, make sure to measure your doorway and find out whether or not your refrigerator will fit with the door attached.
Also, remember that most new fridges come with special doors and attachments in order to prevent them from being damaged during shipping. If you’re moving a fridge that was already in place or buying one secondhand, do some research on how to remove its door safely before attempting to take it off yourself.
How to fix doors back properly?
Many new refrigerators come with a two piece door. That is, rather than a single unit door attached to a hinge, there is an upper and lower part that can be removed for cleaning or if you’re moving to a new house.
Sometimes these doors are put back together incorrectly and won’t properly close.
Luckily, it’s pretty easy to fix them yourself! Most people figure you can take a refrigerator apart in under 15 minutes so you don’t have to worry about setting aside too much time for maintenance!
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