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Storage Tips: How to Store Appliances

When storing appliances like refrigerators, washers and dryers, microwaves, and ovens, it’s crucial to find the right storage unit and take the proper steps when packing and moving. Keep your home appliances protected with the following storage tips from Extra Space Storage.

Things You’ll Need

  • Appliance cleaner
  • Cleaning cloth
  • Bug spray
  • Wrapping film or moving tape
  • Moving blankets
  • Bubble wrap
Inventory List

Step 1: Make an Inventory List

Appliances are expensive, so protect your investment by making a list of what you have. This can come in handy if you have to make an insurance claim due to damage.

Your inventory list should include the name of each appliance, ideally along with a photo for easy identification and proof of ownership.

Cleaning Towel

Step 2: Clean All Appliances

Take the time to clean your appliances before storage thoroughly. Using the appliance cleaner of your choice, carefully dust and wipe down all air intake areas like lint filters, grids, or tubes. Look inside for food particles, clean them out, and then wipe the outside to ensure no water or dust is left behind.



Step 3: Remove Water From Hoses and Tanks

Water can remain behind in hoses and tanks after you remove them from the outlet sources. This can cause severe problems — like mold and potential breakage from freezing — if you don’t drain them out before storage.


Step 4: Spray Appliances for Pests

Though you’ve thoroughly cleaned your appliances, insects and other pests can hide in the nooks and crannies. Cut down on the potential for pest damage by spraying appliances with insect spray. Be sure to allow them to dry before continuing with storage.

Moving Appliance

Step 5: Carefully Pack and Protect Appliances

Appliance doors and drawers can open during the moving process and break, so use wrapping film or moving tape to keep doors closed during transportation.

In addition, protect appliances from scratches and dents with moving blankets, bubble wrap, or wrapping film when moving from your home or office to storage.

Climate-Controlled Storage Unit

Step 6: Find a Secure Self Storage Facility

Appliances are expensive, so protect your investments by renting a self storage unit at a facility that offers advanced security measures, including:

  • Perimeter fencing around the property
  • Electronic gate access with keypad entry
  • Individually-alarmed storage units
  • Security access to your floor only (for multi-level facilities)
  • Facility manager who lives on-site
  • Video surveillance cameras throughout the property
  • Controlled-access building with indoor storage units
Climate-Controlled Storage Unit

Step 7: Rent a Climate-Controlled Storage Unit

If you’re storing appliances in a region that experiences extreme hot or cold temperatures, consider renting self storage with climate control. This amenity keeps your storage unit between 55 and 80 degrees year-round to prevent damage to your appliances’ electrical and mechanical parts.

Note: If you opt for a storage unit that does not have climate control and your appliances have been exposed to freezing temperatures, be sure to allow 24-48 hours for them to thaw before use.

Store Appliances

Step 8: Pack & Store Appliances Carefully

Always keep appliances upright during transportation and storage to prevent damage, then place them toward the back and side walls of your storage unit. It’s also a good idea to raise each appliance off the ground with pallets.

In addition, do not plug in your home appliances while they’re in self storage.

Have questions? Remember that your facility manager is an excellent resource for additional tips and assistance in protecting your appliances in self storage!


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Extra Space Storage Inc., headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, owns and/or operates over 2,000 self-storage properties in 43 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. The Company's properties comprise approximately 1,010,000 units and over 585M square feet of rentable storage space, offering customers a wide selection of affordable and conveniently located and secure storage solutions across the country, including personal storage, boat storage, RV storage and business storage. We are committed to being the most convenient, secure and professional storage solution in your neighborhood. And it is this commitment which has allowed Extra Space Storage to become the second largest storage units operator in the U.S. with over 2,000 properties across the country.