Moving in the Winter
Dec 10, 2015
We know moving is a challenge any time of the year but moving during the cold winter months can seem daunting. Below are some things to look out for when moving in winter weather.
TVs / PCs / Audio Video Equipment: Condensation caused by extreme temperature changes can wreak havoc on the high tech circuitry of today’s electronics. PCs, VCRs, TVs, stereos, etc. must acclimate to room temperature for at least 24 hours prior to connecting the equipment to AC power.
Refrigerators: A refrigerator may be plugged in on delivery day. The icemaker, however, should not be connected to the water supply for at least 12 – 24 hours after delivery. Residual moisture in the solenoid valve, supply lines and cold-water reservoir may be frozen and will restrict normal operation. If the cold water reservoir was not drained at origin, it may be frozen solid and damaged. Hairline cracks in the water reservoir housing may go undetected on delivery day. It is prudent to let all components of the icemaker system reach operating temperature so a thorough system check can be completed after hooking up the water supply.
Washers: Even when the pump is drained at origin, the washer will always maintain some water in the mixer valve, pump housing and internal hose areas. Attempting to operate the machine while this water is frozen can result in damage to belts, pump impeller, hoses and other components. Operating temperature should be above 60°F.
Gas & Electric Dryers: When subject to freezing temperatures, igniters and heating elements become brittle. Attempting to operate the dryer will cause a sudden temperature change and may damage internal parts. Operating temperature should be above 60°F.