You can begin the process of storing the refrigerator by using all of the food products. You will need to clean all surfaces and be sure the unit is dry before your moving day arrives. Use the simple logic of FRIDGES to get the job done.
F is For Climate-control
You should place the refrigerator in a climate-controlled unit because it can be damaged by the weather elements (hot and cold) or humidity factors. Its gaskets can become cracked or damaged.
R is to Remove Food
There should not be any extra food or crumbs left inside to invite the critters to visit while the fridge is in storage.
I is for Remove the Ice
If you have an icemaker, be sure it is in the off position. You should also remove all of the ice from the bin. According to the manufacturer's instructions, also drain the water dispenser if you have one. You also need to remove the water filter cartridge and discard it. Try using a sponge to get out the excess water.
D of for Defrost and Dry the Freezer
You will need to remove all of the food from the fridge. You need to unplug the unit and place towels on the floor to soak up the drips.
G is for Get Supplies and Clean
It will only take a few items to get your refrigerator spic and span for its move into storage. You will need about a quart of water and one to two tablespoons of baking soda in a bucket. Wipe down all of the surfaces inside and out to remove as many stains and odors as possible. Vacuum the coils in the back of the fridge with the hose or brush attachment. Don't forget to check the evaporator pan to see if it needs to be dumped and cleaned.
E is to Ensure the Fridge Is Dry
Approximately 24 hours before you move, turn the refrigerator off, so everything is completely dry by the time you need to move the unit. All it takes is a small amount of humidity and moisture for mold and mildew to start growing.
S is to Store in a Dry, Cool Place
After you get to the storage facility, you will need to keep the refrigerator upright and open. The reasoning for its upright position is the fact of oil sits on the bottom of the compressor. There are also springs inside the motor/compressor unit (compressor can) which could be broken if the unit is placed on its side.
Remember the FRIDGES slogan if you need to store a refrigerator. Storing it correctly will provide you with an operational refrigerator when you remove it from storage.