When you put a refrigerator into storage you need to follow the steps below to minimise the risk of mould occurring and nasty smells emanating when it returns from storage.
1. Plan ahead by running down the contents of your fridge and freezer. Try to get the contents down to what you need on a day to day basis.
2. Two days (or more depending on freezer size and model) before going into storage completely empty fridge and freezer, storing any excess food in an ice chest or similar. Empty the icemaker and then turn the power off . Keep the doors open and dispose of any water as it defrost.
3. Vacuum any dust from the coils on the rear and if possible under the refrigerator. Remove and clean the defrost pan on the bottom of the refrigerator. Disconnect any water lines according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
4. Remove and thoroughly clean the shelves and drawers. Clean with a mild dishwashing detergent and ensure they are completely dry.
5. Pack and wrap these separately from from the refrigerator itself to allow maximum air circulation when in storage.
6. Clean the interior with warm water and baking soda, dry by hand and then allow to air dry.
7. Place a Muslim bag of baking soda or any similar moisture absorber in both fridge and freezer.
8. Place a rolled up towel or similar in the doors, then close doors so that there is a gap to allow air circulation.
9. Tape or tie the doors into position to keep the towels in place. If using tape then use low stick masking tape but be aware even this could leave a residue mark if stored for long term.
10. Finally wrap the whole refrigerator in a blanket to protect it, but do not use plastic or cling film which would inhibit air circulation.