How to Move a Samsung Refrigerator?

Moving a large appliance like a refrigerator on your own can be challenging. However, with some planning and preparation, you can safely and efficiently move your Samsung fridge to its new home.

Quick Steps Overview

Step Action
1 Empty the fridge and defrost/dry it if needed
2 Remove doors and secure parts like shelves
3 Protect the floors along the moving path
4 Carefully tilt, lift, and move the fridge
5 Carefully transport and load the fridge
6 Securely attach the refrigerator to the truck
7 Unload and move the refrigerator to its place
8 Reinstall the doors and components
9 Plug it in and let it stand upright overnight

While the basic process is straightforward, carefully following instructions and safety precautions at each step is crucial. Read on for detailed guidance.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Before you start – Assess and prepare

  • Check the intended path in your home to ensure no narrow doors or sharp turns could damage your Samsung refrigerator during transportation. Measure to make sure there is sufficient clearance.
  • Have all your moving supplies on hand – appliance dolly/hand truck, straps, blankets, tools, gloves, etc. You’ll need at least 2-3 strong helpers.
  • Protect nearby walls, railings, floors, and doors with cardboard or blankets.

Step 1: Empty and clean the fridge

  • Remove all food and shelves and store in coolers with ice packs.
  • Turn off, unplug the fridge, and shut off the water line.
  • Clean the interior thoroughly.
  • If your fridge has an automatic ice maker, shut it off and discard any remaining ice.
  • Defrost and dry if needed. Wipe off exterior water drops and dust.

Shut off the water supply

Step 2: Remove doors and secure parts

  • Take off the doors as per instructions in your Samsung user manual. This prevents damage and makes the fridge lighter.
  • Tape door hinges and latches securely so they don’t swing and get damaged.
  • Remove, wrap, and tape down any loose internal shelves, drawers, etc.

Remove doors

Step 3: Protect floors

  • Carefully slide the fridge out.
  • Protect all floors along the transportation path with cardboard, plywood, or furniture sliders.

Protect floors

Step 4: Tilt, lift, and move the refrigerator

  • Tilt the fridge back carefully to access the base and slip a dolly underneath.
  • Working with helpers, carefully lift while maintaining an upright orientation. Don’t tilt the fridge more than 45 degrees when lifting or moving it.
  • Slowly roll the strapped-on fridge on the dolly along the protected path out of the house. Have someone guide and stabilize.

Step 5: Load and transport

  • Cover the base with a rug or blanket and strap the fridge securely to prevent toppling and trauma while loading.
  • Balance, lift, and slide into the truck or moving van. The base should rest evenly on the truck floor.
  • Pack padded supports tightly on all sides to prevent sliding.

Step 6: Secure the refrigerator

  • Ensure the fridge cannot slide by anchoring it tightly with straps to solid vehicle anchors.
  • Attach anti-tip brackets just to be safe.
  • Drive slowly and avoid sudden brakes or turns.

Step 7: Unload and install in the new location

  • With helpers, slowly unload using the dolly and place it along the prepped path to its final spot.
  • Slide into place, ensuring adequate ventilation and access to outlets.
  • Level the fridge by adjusting the front leveling legs. Stabilize fully before proceeding.

Step 8: Reinstall doors and components

  • Reattach the doors as explained in your user guide. Ensure alignment and seal are proper before fully tightening the hinges.
  • Replace all internal fittings like shelves and bins in their original positions.

Step 9: Reconnect and check

  • Have a professional install a new water line and ensure no leaks.
  • Plug in and switch on the refrigerator.
  • Let it stand upright overnight before reloading food and resuming normal use.
  • Verify cooling performance by allowing the temperatures to stabilize overnight.

Helpful Tips

  • Check your owner’s manual for model-specific preparatory and moving instructions.
  • Perform all actions slowly and gently to avoid distorting alignment or damaging components.
  • Ensure the fridge stays upright, and don’t move with loaded shelves.
  • Be prepared for the task with all equipment, helpers, protection items, and permits.
  • Schedule moving in the coolest part of the day and transport quickly.
  • The transportation distance should be minimized as feasible.


1. Is it necessary to take off the doors?

While cumbersome, removing doors reduces weight and prevents damage from swinging or bouncing during transportation. It’s highly recommended for safe relocation.

2. Can I lay down the fridge during transport?

No. Samsung refrigerators should always remain upright to prevent compressor failure or permanent damage.

3. How long should I wait before turning on and reloading the fridge?

Keep the plugged-in Samsung refrigerator empty and upright for 24 hours minimum. This allows the compressor lubricant oils and coolants to settle after the agitation caused by moving.

4. What if my fridge won’t start or cool properly after moving?

First, give it several hours before concluding there is an issue. Contact Samsung support if performance concerns persist beyond 12-24 hrs of attempted operation. A minor dislodging may need professional attention before resuming normal use.


Relocating a refrigerator seems straightforward but has several nuances for safe transportation and prevention of long-term damage. Carefully following Samsung’s recommendations and the steps outlined can help streamline successful fridge repositioning to your new home or kitchen with minimum disruption or cost. Paying attention to securing components properly at each stage is key for an incident-free move.

My Take on Moving a Samsung Refrigerator

As a refrigerator industry expert of 15 years, I recommend a few additional precautions from first-hand experience for moving Samsung refrigerators. First, inspect door gaskets and internal tubing for wear or cracks and install replacements if found compromised before undertaking the move. Also, check for Bulletins or Tech Tips issued by Samsung regarding adequate securing of condenser coil tubing brackets and compressor mount bolts on your specific model. Loosening of these is quite common with aggressive side-to-side movement during loading and travel. Checking and adding locking tabs as prescribed will minimize adverse effects.

Finally, insist that whoever is operating the lifting equipment or driving the moving truck has substantial prior experience and success in relocating commercial-grade large kitchen appliances to ensure extra care and preempt mishaps. With attention to these aspects and adhering to all guidelines covered in this article, transporting your Samsung refrigerator can be smooth while delivering years of service at its new home.

About: Peter

He is an avid blogger with a deep passion for refrigerators. His well-researched and engaging blog posts offer informative guides on all things related to refrigerators. When he's not writing, he sketches cartoons.

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