Protecting your appliances is important when you keep them in storage. However, an ordinary storage unit can allow damage to your property. Your appliances need a climate-controlled storage unit to keep them safe. Knowing how to prepare your appliances for storage in a climate-controlled unit can make it easier for you to keep your property undamaged.
Why Have a Climate-Controlled Storage Unit?
Ordinary storage units can become too moist and cause your appliances to suffer moisture destruction with the formation of mildew, mold, and rust. Moisture in the storage unit can also attract rodents and insects. This damage can occur if you don’t prepare your washer for storage.
What Is a Climate-Controlled Storage Unit?
A climate-controlled self-storage unit, such as those found at STORBOX, has a controlled and constant temperature and is often measured to control moisture in the unit. A general industry standard for a climate-controlled storage unit is a temperature range between 50 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit.
Preparing Your Washer for Climate-Controlled Storage
The critical step before storing any property is to remove moisture and avoid leaving food remnants that would attract insects and rodents. Removing moisture from a washer is particularly critical because leaving moisture develops rust, mildew, and mold in the appliance.
- Enlist help in preparing your washer for storage. Preparing a washer for storage alone can cause injuries.
- Put the washer through a rinse cycle. Run a clean rinse in the washer to remove detergent. Use vinegar in the rinse cycle to remove stubborn detergent.
- Clean the soap dispenser and let it dry.
- Shut off the cold and hot valves from the wall faucet.
- Turn off the circuit breakers for the washer. This is to prevent electrocution when you take out the power cord.
- Remove the power cord from the electrical socket.
- Ask a professional to disconnect the gas if you have a gas washer.
- Disconnect the drain hoses from the wall faucet.
- Place the washer’s drain hose on a pile of old rags, or into a bucket to drain. You may need to tip the machine a little, which is why you need assistance.
- Pull out the pump filter if you cannot drain sufficiently with the drain hose. Unscrew the pump filter and the machine should drain.
- Tilt the washer back and forth to be certain the machine is dry.
- If you have a front-loading washer with a window, clean that and the seal around the window. Let it thoroughly dry. Rub Vaseline around the seal to keep it from cracking during storage.
- Detach and dry the drain hoses from the wall. Store these in the washer.
- Place moving blankets around the washer to keep it free from scratches.
If your Pasadena home is short on closet space and you need somewhere to store your stuff, we have the perfect storage space to suit your needs at STORBOX. Call us today at (626) 407-3439 to find out about our special deals on all sizes of traditional and climate-controlled self-storage units. As a bonus, if you rent a unit that’s 100 square feet or larger, we’ll give you a free, full day of use of our move-in truck.