Shipping large appliances can be difficult. These items are bulky, full of moving parts, and often imbalanced. Because of the challenges of handling and packing appliances, they’re often damaged during shipping. Many shipping and delivery services don’t have the capabilities to ship appliances because of their size and weight. Thankfully, there are some standard guidelines when shipping large appliances that will decrease the chance of damage.
When shipping large appliances there are some important details to keep in mind:
Remove and separately pack all loose parts
Properly disconnect and secure water and power lines
Apply non-adhesive tape to doors to keep from opening
Consider purchasing shipping insurance
There are other specific tips depending on the type of appliance you’re shipping.
Knowing specific details about each of these steps will ensure the safety of your appliance.
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Tips and Tricks for Shipping Large Appliances
Are you shipping a used appliance or returning it to a store of manufacturer? There are a few general protocols to follow to make sure it arrives intact and in one piece.
Start by making sure any appliance you ship is empty. Even if you safely pack and secure your appliance, loose parts inside can move and cause damage. Remove and pack these separately.
After the appliance is empty, be sure to clean it inside and out. Make sure dishwashers, washing machines, refrigerators and any other “wet” appliances are totally dry before you pack them up. Leaving any excess moisture can have harmful consequences. For example, if you’re transporting through warm climates too much moisture can lead to mold or bad odors.
Be sure to properly disconnect all water and power lines. If you don’t know how to disconnect the water lines and hoses, it might be wise to call in the pros. A handyman or plumber can likely help make sure everything is disconnected safely. Once all hoses and lines have been disconnected, it’s a good idea to tape them securely to the appliance. Use non-adhesive tape to avoid any damage or leftover adhesive residue.
Protect stainless steel surfaces with the right material. It is wise to protect the surface from abrasion. One way to protect the surface of a stainless steel appliance during shipping is with propylene foam. This flexible material is soft and can protect the surface of your appliance during shipping. Additional propylene foam does not contain additives that will transfer to your appliance surface. One precaution to take is to affix the foam with tape that won’t leave a sticky residue on the appliance. You can also use products like masking papers and masking films to protect your appliance. Do your research and mind the best protectant for your appliance.
If you’re responsible for moving the appliances into the new area, measure both the appliance and the doorways. You’ll want to know ahead of time how and where you’re going to get the appliances into the new location.
Keep your appliance upright during transit if possible. Appliances with internal drainage or fluid systems such as, fridges, freezers, and washers are meant to stand upright at all times. If the appliance had to be shipped on its’ side, leave it standing upright for 24 hours before plugging it in. Appliances without internal fluid systems like dryers and ovens are safer to ship on their sides.
Shipping a Washer and Dryer
Are you shipping a washing machine and/or a dryer? You’ll want to be careful. You can prepare your appliances for shipping by following the following tips:
Make sure the power, hoses, vents and water hookups are disconnected.
Remove any lingering items and clean the washing machine and dryer.
Secure the doors with tape that won’t leave a residue.
Use bubble wrap, foam or plastic sheeting to insulate the appliance controls to prevent damage during shipping.
The washer and dryers’ drum should be secured. Most new front-load washer and dryers come with transit or shipping bolts. These are specifically designed to keep the drum in place during shipping. If you use these, be sure to remove them before using the appliance. Keeping this in during use can cause damage to the washer or dryer.
Shipping a Refrigerator
Do you need to know how to ship a refrigerator? There are a few additional tips to follow:
Make sure to tape the door shut with a tape that won’t leave residue on the appliance.
The refrigerator needs to be defrosted before shipping. Consider defrosting the fridge at least 24 hours before the shipment.
If your refrigerator has wire or plastic shelving, you can leave these in during the transit. If glass shelving is included in your refrigerator, it’s a must to remove them. Be sure to individually wrap these shelves and package them separately.
Consider placing a box of baking soda inside the fridge during transit. Baking soda will help to absorb any foul odors that the fridge might come into contact with in transit.
When Do You Need to Ship Large Appliances?
There are a number of situations in which you might want to ship an appliance. Maybe you are a merchant selling a new appliance to a customer out of state. Maybe you are a homeowner returning an appliance to the manufacturer for repairs. Maybe you are selling used appliances to consumers without another way of transport.
Appliance distributors, retailers, wholesalers, restorers and even end users all need to ship appliances. Regardless of why you are shipping appliances, a commercial shipping crate might be your solution.
There are a number of appliances you might need to ship. Appliances commonly shipped in crates include:
Commercial Shipping Crates for Appliances
When it comes to shipping appliances, you want it arrive in the same condition it left. Appliances are full of mechanical parts, including connectors, knobs, hoses, vents and delicate surfaces. This can present a challenge with it comes to finding the right shipping service.
Just like shipping machinery, shipping appliances requires a certain amount of finesse. Learn more about using a commercial shipping crate to move your appliances.
What Size Crate Do I Need to Ship Appliances?
A commercial shipping crate is an easy solution for shipping appliances. The first step in using a commercial shipping crate for appliances is determining the right size crate you’ll need.
Commercial shipping crates come in two sizes:
Cube: measures 46 inches x 46 inches x 47 inches (height) | holds up to 2,000 lbs.
Tower: measures 46 inches x 46 inches x 80 inches (height) | holds up to 1,250 lbs.
These versatile sizes make shipping appliances easy. The size crate you need depends on the dimensions of the appliance you are shipping:
A typical side-by-side refrigerator measures between 30 and 36 inches in width, 67 and 70 inches in height and from 29 to 35 inches in depth. A tower crate is perfect for shipping a refrigerator.
A typical dishwasher measures about 24 inches in width, 35 inches in height and 24 inches in depth. A cube crate is perfect for a dishwasher.
A front-load washer is about 27 inches wide, 36-41 inches in height and 25-35 inches deep. A cube crate is perfect for shipping a washer.
A dryer is about 27 inches wide, 36-41 inches in height and 25-35 inches deep. A cube crate is perfect for shipping a dryer.
A stackable washer and dryer is about 27 inches wide, 70 to 75 inches tall, and 27 inches deep. A stackable washer and dryer should fit in a tower crate.
A standard kitchen stove measures about 30 inches in width, 36 inches in height and 25 inches deep. A stove will fit in a cube crate.
A double oven might be 30 inches wide, 50 inches tall and 24 inches deep. It would fit in a tower crate.
A wine refrigerator might be 24 inches in width, 35 inches in height and 24 inches deep. It would fit in a cube crate.
Measure your appliance to confirm its size. It is easy to ship appliances in a commercial shipping crate. If it fits, it ships. You Crate makes the crating process simple.
Shipping a non-standard size appliance? Please contact You Crate about custom crating solutions
Getting a Quote for Your Crate
After you have determined what size crate you’ll need, it’s time to reach out to You Crate for a quote. You can use the online form or call You Crate at 877-558-2580. Quotes are based on delivery zone not weight, unlike other shipping companies, so you won’t pay extra for shipping a heavy item like an appliance. After you get and accept your quote, your commercial shipping crate will be delivered to your business or facility as soon as 24-48 hours later.
Assembling and Packing Your Crate
After you receive your crate, it’s time to put to it together and pack. It is easy to assemble a crate. You can put your crate together in 6 easy steps. You can pack your crate on your own time, usually in a day or two. Each You Crate crate contains tie down straps you can use to secure your appliance within the crate to prevent bumps and bruises during shipping. You can also use additional packing materials to help secure the appliance within the crate. Need help assembling and packing your crate? White glove service is available.
After your crate is assembled and packed, it will be picked up on an R+L Carriers truck. You Crate works with R+L Carriers to safely deliver each crate to its end destination. After the crate is delivered and unpacked, R+L Carriers will pick it up from the recipient to be reused. This means the party receiving the appliance won’t have to worry about storing or disposing of the crate. Additionally, reusing commercial shipping crates reduces waste and helps to reduce the carbon footprint of the shipping industry.
It’s also important to know that You Crate wooden shipping crates are certified to meet ISPM-15 standards. This means they are engineered and durable enough to be used for overseas shipping. This means that if you need to return an appliance to a manufacturer in China, for example, that your crate can go the distance. Crates used to ship goods and appliances overseas are not reused.
How Does You Crate Ship Large Appliances?
You Crate will ship your appliance on an R+L Carriers truck. Crates are considered LTL (less than truckload) freight, so they share space with other cargo in the back of a 48 or 52 foot trailer. R+L Carriers LTL shipping comes with a number of advantages.
There are a number of reasons why moving a crate via LTL freight makes sense. These reasons include:
LTL shipping saves money: Because your freight shares space on the back of a truck with other freight, it comes at a cost savings to you. This savings is reflected in the competitive quote you get from You Crate.
Tracking and order tracing: R+L Carriers and You Crate offer transparency and peace of mind when it comes to shipping your crate. Shipping comes with online order tracking and tracing, which gives you constant access to where your crate is on its journey. You’ll have access to estimated delivery time and more.
Services you need: You’ll find that LTL shipping via RLC comes with a number of service options that make shipping your crate simple and hassle-free. Options include white glove service, pickup and delivery, non-commercial delivery, liftgate service and more.
Environmentally friendly: LTL shipping of a commercial crate can be eco-friendly. Not only is each You Crate commercial shipping reused, but LTL shippers like R+L Carriers maximize room on the truck. This ensures that each truckload is as efficient as possible.
Many companies choose LTL shipping when they have a small volume of freight to move. In addition to moving freight in commercial shipping crates, LTL carriers can move cargo on pallets, in bags or bundles, or in drums.
Ship Appliances with You Crate
When shipping appliances, You Crate’s goal is to get your items there safely and on time. You Crate and its partner R+L Carriers understand the sensitivity and care that goes into shipping bulky-yet-fragile items like appliances. By working together, You Crate and R+L Carriers can make moving your appliance a simple and hassle-free experience.
You Crate and R+L Carriers offer full-service crating and shipping services. Value-added services like shipment tracking and easy crate drop off make it simple to offer the best service possible when using a commercial shipping crate. Additionally, white glove service can make packing and heavy lifting a hands-off process for you.
Other crating and logistics services offered by You Crate include:
Expedited shipping services via R+L Carriers’ Emerald Team for when your appliance need to be there quickly
Reverse logistics services for appliances and other items for returns and more
Storage and warehousing of crates, even those containing bulky, heavy items like appliances
Secured divider services for extra security
Liftgate delivery services for easy loading and unloading even if a dock isn’t available
Why Ship Appliances with You Crate
You’ll find a number of reasons why you might want to ship appliances with You Crate. In addition to providing access to other logistics services, You Crate is prepared to help you ship appliances with ease.
Advantages of using a commercial shipping crate from You Crate include:
Extra security and theft protection to keep expensive appliances safe
Online order tracking through R+L Carriers is easy to use and lets you see the location of your crate any time, giving you transparency and visibility around your shipment
Guaranteed service is available, promising your appliances will arrive on time and intact
You Crate crates include tie down hardware to allow you to secure your appliances within the crate to prevent bumps and bruises along the way
Crates are returned to You Crate after the shipment and reused, which can help reduce the carbon footprint of the shipping industry
You Crate gives you immediate access to a team of crating and shipping professionals with more than 60 years of combined industry experience
You’ll also find that You Crate and R+L Carriers offer a vast network of service centers located across the county. This means much of the U.S. is covered and there’s likely a service center near you.
As one of the country’s top commercial shipping crate companies, You Crate is dedicated to handling your appliance shipment without stress or hassle. You Crate and R+L Carriers are prepared to ship appliances. Let R+L Carriers make the delivery of your crate simple. If you need a crating and shipping solution for appliances, let You Crate be your answer. Call today at 877-558-2580 or request a quote online to get your crate moving today.