How to Pull Out a Samsung Refrigerator [Quick Guide & Tips]

How to Pull Out a Samsung Refrigerator [Quick Guide & Tips]

Moving a large appliance like a refrigerator can be intimidating. Even if you’re just pulling it out of its enclosure for cleaning, this heavy and often tall appliance can be quite tricky to move.

If you don’t do it correctly, you can end up damaging the unit, or worse, hurting yourself. But not to worry, we’re here to help.

Our guide will show you how to pull out a Samsung refrigerator safely. If you follow our instructions carefully, you can do the move with minimal hassle while protecting your floors, your fridge, and yourself.

How to Pull Out a Samsung Refrigerator

The best way to pull out a Samsung refrigerator is to grab both sides and slide it forward, just enough to unplug its cord.

After, transfer the food to temporary containers and remove all the shelving. Slip cardboard under the front legs to protect the floor, then slide the fridge to its final spot.

How to Pull Out a Samsung Refrigerator

To pull a Samsung fridge away from the wall, follow these steps:

Step 1: Slide the fridge forward.

If the power cord isn’t easily accessible, start the process by sliding the Samsung fridge forward. Grab it from both sides, and carefully pull it until you can safely unplug the power cord.

Quick Note:

Don’t wiggle the Samsung fridge from side to side when you’re pulling it out. Only move it forward or backward.

Step 2: Unplug the fridge.

Now that you can access the cord, unplug the fridge. If you’re only moving it to a different spot in the kitchen, there’s no need to defrost it.

However, if you’re doing maintenance or repairs, which can take time, defrost the fridge so that you can clean its interior. It should prevent your fridge from developing foul odors.

After unplugging the fridge, wrap the power cord into a bundle. Then, tape it to the fridge to prevent it from getting in your way while you’re moving.

Step 3: Unload the fridge.

Take out all of the items inside your Samsung refrigerator, so it won’t be as heavy when you move it around the house. 

Transfer the perishable items into a cooler to prevent them from spoiling. Even if you’re only moving the fridge a few feet away for cleaning, transfer the food to temporary containers anyway.

If the fridge will stay unplugged for a long time, it’s best to consume the perishable items or give them away.

Step 4: Remove the fridge shelves, drawers, and bins.

Once you’ve transferred the food inside the fridge, remove the shelves, drawers, and other storage bins to prevent damage. 

Removing these food compartments entails more or less the same process on every Samsung fridge.

Start with the shelving, but skip the bottom glass shelf on top of the crisper drawers. To remove a shelf, hold the front part, lift it up, and simply slide it out.

Next, remove the door bins. Always pull out the door bins before the crisper drawers to prevent damage. 

To remove a door bin, gently push it upwards using both hands. Then, carefully pull it out of the fridge.

Once you’ve removed the door bins, you can take out the crisper drawers. Open a drawer all the way, and lift it up to detach it from the fridge.

After removing the crisper drawers, you can remove the glass shelf that sits on top. The process will be different, depending on your unit. 

If you have a simple fridge setup, it’s as easy as lifting the shelf with one hand and sliding it out with the other hand. 

For more complex fridge setups, unlatch the glass shelf first. Press and hold the tabs on both sides of the water filter housing and drawer divider until the shelf comes off. 

Lift the glass shelf and angle it downwards so you can easily pull it out of the unit. 

Step 5: Protect your floors.

Although Samsung refrigerators have built-in wheels, you should still protect your floors. Sharp furniture legs can damage different types of flooring, including carpet, hardwood, and vinyl.

Tape cardboard or hardboard on the area directly in front of the fridge, as well as the path leading to its final spot.

Step 6: Pull out the fridge.

The easiest way to pull a fridge away from the wall is to use furniture sliders. Tilt the fridge back a little with the help of a moving partner, and slip a furniture slider under each front leg. 

After, you can gently pull the fridge out of its space.

If you invest in premium furniture sliders like the Airsled, it’s even easier. It comes with a blower that supplies air to two beams that go underneath the fridge.

You can slide the beams underneath the fridge without tilting it back. After keeping the beams centered, turn on the blower. 

Air will be pumped into the beams, lifting the entire unit off the ground. Once you’re ready to move the fridge, grab it on both sides, and pull it carefully in the direction you want.

Safety Tips When Moving a Samsung Fridge

Ask for help.

If you’re not hiring a moving company, ask for help from friends or family. You need at least two people to move a refrigerator safely. 

Transporting a heavy appliance typically involves transferring it into a dolly, tilting it back to insert furniture sliders, or lifting it using moving harnesses.

With a moving partner, you can avoid potential injuries, and you can prevent any damage to the fridge. 

Even if you’re only moving the unit across the room, it’s safer to have a partner around.

Double-check the measurements.

There are three things that you need to measure: the fridge, the entryways, and the final spot that it’s going to occupy.

  • Measure the fridge: Using a tape measure, get the dimensions of your Samsung fridge – height, width, and depth. You can also check the user manual for reference.
  • Measure the entryway: Next, measure the height and width of the entryways, as well as the width of spaces between countertops. You need to make sure that you can even get the unit through the door.

Typically, it would be the door closest to the kitchen. However, no matter how quick the route is, if the corners are too tight, you’re better off taking the long route with fewer obstacles.

You can also determine which doors, knobs, latches, or other hardware to remove ahead of time, so you can gain a little extra space to maneuver the fridge.

  • Measure the fridge’s final spot: Measure the space that your fridge is going to occupy to make sure it can fit right in and have adequate ventilation.

Having too little space between the unit and the walls can impact your fridge’s performance, and over time, its lifespan.

To ensure proper ventilation, leave at least two inches of space between the sides of the fridge and the wall. Then, maintain at least an inch of space from the upper cabinet.

Quick Note:

If you’re moving a fridge into an enclosure, or between countertops, make sure you set adequate space for opening and closing the doors.

Use moving equipment and tools.

Various moving equipment and tools can help you transfer heavy appliances with little to no help. We’ve listed three commonly used tools for moving refrigerators.

Cost$10 to $25$25 to 40$10 to $2000
LiftingNo heavy lifting requiredRequires heavy liftingNo heavy lifting required
DifficultyHard to maneuver around tight spacesEasy to maneuver around tight spacesHard to maneuver around tight spaces

If you don’t want to invest in a dolly, furniture sliders or straps are great alternatives. As long as you know how to use them properly, you can move your fridge, or any heavy appliance for that matter, safely.

In another guide, we provide step-by-step instructions for moving a refrigerator without a dolly. We’ll show you how to use furniture sliders and straps to transport your fridge.

Moving a Samsung refrigerator without help from professional movers is possible. As long as you have the right tools, a moving partner, and a little bit of know-how, you can safely pull out and transport a fridge without causing damage to the unit and yourself.

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