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How to Winterize and Properly Store Your Appliances

Below is a step by step guide, by appliance, on how to winterize and properly store your appliances.

 

Why Winterize?

Going away for the winter? Put your mind at ease by leaving your home’s appliances in safe condition. Appliances are designed to be used. When they aren’t, they can quickly fall into disrepair if they are not left in the proper condition.

Properly storing and winterizing your appliances will help to make sure there will be no mold or leaks to come home to, and will help to keep your appliances in the best possible condition.

 

WASHERS

  1. Leave washer plugged in.
  2. Add at least one gallon of RTV or RV anti-freeze* (propylene Glycol or any non-toxic anti-freeze)
  3. Set the machine to the Spin Cycle and start the cycle, once you see anti-freeze being drained stop the cycle (note: water will drain first and then colored anti-freeze will follow).
  4. Disconnect from power.
  5. Disconnect water lines from the fill valve and remove valve from unit.
  6. Shake the valve gently to remove any access water from the valve.
  7. Fill valves should be stored in a warm place.
  8. Store with washer lid/door open to prevent smells or mold.

STEAM DRYERS

  1. Disconnect from power.
  2. Disconnect water lines from the fill valve and remove valve from unit.
  3. Shake the valve gently to remove any excess water from the valve.
  4. Fill valve should be stored in a warm place.

ICE MACHINES

  1. Disconnect from power.
  2. Disconnect unit from the water shut off on the wall.
  3. Drain water from reservoir by pulling the rubber plug (located near the top of the ice maker) or unscrewing the cap from the bottom of the water reservoir. If no plug or cap is found, siphon the water out with a small hose or tubing.
  4. Disconnect water lines from the fill valve and remove valve from unit.
  5. Shake the valve gently to remove any excess water from the valve.
  6. Fill valve should be stored in a warm place.
  7. If there is an internal water filter, remove and dispose of the filter. When restarting your ice machine, a new filter should be purchased and installed.
  8. Store with the door of the unit propped open to prevent smells, mold and mildew.

 

REFRIGERATION

REFRIGERATOR WITH NO WATER OR ICE

  1. Disconnect from power.
  2. Store with the door of the unit propped open to prevent smells, mold and mildew.

REFRIGERATOR WITH ONLY ICE

  1. Disconnect from power.
  2. Disconnect unit from the water shut off on the wall.
  3. Disconnect the water line from the fill valve and let water drain from line.
  4. Make sure that all hoses and tanks are completely drained.
  5. If unit has a water filter, remove and dispose of filter. When restarting, purchase and install a new water filter.
  6. Store with the door of the unit propped open to prevent smells, mold and mildew.

REFRIGERATOR WITH ICE AND WATER

  1. Leave refrigerator plugged in.
  2. Disconnect unit from the water shut off on the wall.
  3. Disconnect water line to ice maker and let drain.
  4. Disconnect from power.
  5. Disconnect water lines from the fill valve and let drain. The dispenser line reservoir may hold a bit of water so have a large enough container available to catch up to approximately a half gallon of water. Then remove valve from unit.
  6. Shake the valve gently to remove any excess water from the valve.
  7. Fill valve should be stored in a warm place.
  8. Make sure that all hoses and tanks are completely drained.
  9. If there is an internal filter, remove and dispose of this piece. When restarting your refrigerator, a new filter should be purchased and installed.
  10. Store with the door of the unit propped open to prevent smells, mold and mildew.

DISHWASHERS

  1. Leave dishwasher plugged in.
  2. Water can be disconnected from water shut off under the sink if the unit is being moved to a storage location.
  3. Add ½ gallon of RTV or RV anti-freeze* (Propylene Glycol or any non-toxic anti-freeze) to the bottom of the dishwasher tub.
  4. Press the drain button on your dishwasher until liquid starts draining from the unit. Stop the cycle once liquid begins to drain.
  5. Disconnect from power.
  6. Disconnect water lines from the fill valve and remove valve from unit.
  7. Shake the valve gently to remove any access water from the valve.
  8. Fill valve should be stored in a warm place.
  9. Store with the door of the unit propped open to prevent smells or mold.

STEAM OVENS
Please call the Bekins Service Department at (616) 288-1020 to help assist you with your steam oven winterizing and storage needs. This job is best handled by our professionals!

 

*Anti-freeze can be found at your local hardware or auto parts store.

 

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