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Moving a refrigerator - laying it down on its side?


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#1 BlueRidgeMark

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Posted 01 September 2013 - 06:10 PM

This should be an easy one - I have just had to go buy a new-to-me refrigerator, and the loading & unloading process has the thing at about a 45 degree angle for a few minutes.  Maybe 5.

 

In days of yore I was always told that a refrigerator should be allowed to stand upright overnight after having been moved, to allow the oil in the compressor to drain back down where it belongs.

 

However, I dimly recall being told that this was not necessary with newer refrigerators.  This newish fridge is probably 5 years old or so.

 

 

So, does it need to be left upright for some lenght of time before being plugged in?  If so, what is that period of time?

 

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Posted 01 September 2013 - 07:02 PM

I never learned the rule. I kept it simple: If I could not transport it standing, I would not transport it at all.

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Posted 01 September 2013 - 07:12 PM

Lots of luck getting a refrigerator up or down stairs standing up straight!

 

 

Anybody have another answer?



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Posted 01 September 2013 - 07:15 PM

I believe 24 hrs upright still applies..

The oil in the Compressor ... needs to return.

Although, I once transported a small 5 cu Fridge on its side .....

seems the Compressor was very "loose" and broke one of the Freon Lines ..


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Posted 01 September 2013 - 07:42 PM

I have literally moved thousands. I would let them stand upright the same length of time they laid down.

Example: 30 minutes down=30 minutes upright.

A 45 degree angle is insignificant.



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Posted 01 September 2013 - 07:52 PM

<<<A 45 degree angle is insignificant.>>>

 

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Posted 01 September 2013 - 07:55 PM

I have literally moved thousands. I would let them stand upright the same length of time they laid down.
Example: 30 minutes down=30 minutes upright.
A 45 degree angle is insignificant.

I've had customers who have done this based upon instructions from lowes, and have screwed up their fridges.

Moving up stairs or a 45 degree angle does not create a sufficient angle to cause oil migration. I am specifically talking about the rules for laying down vs standing time.

24 hr rule is still best but I've had customers who have ruined their fridges that way as well. If you have to, try and keep the refrigerator turned so the refrigerant lines are above the compressor. I still will not do it (lay it down, that is) and void any warranties for customers who lay their fridges down for any amount of time, regardless of how long they stand it up before using it, period

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Posted 01 September 2013 - 09:25 PM

The problem is when oil gets into the coiled capillary tube and can not escape causing a restriction. If trapped in the bottom of a loop it will never come out without evacuating the system.



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Posted 01 September 2013 - 11:42 PM

The problem is when oil gets into the coiled capillary tube and can not escape causing a restriction. If trapped in the bottom of a loop it will never come out without evacuating the system.


So depending on the model or how the cap tube is coiled, standing it up may not be sufficient. So some fridges may survive it easier than others. I aint gonna figure it out... I just have one rule.

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Posted 02 September 2013 - 02:57 AM

look at the compressor

 

you will see on 1 side of the compressor the exit and return pipes that feed up to the cabinet

 

on the other side you will see 1 pipe that goes no where , this is the pipe they use to fill the system

 

lean the fridge on the side of the 1 pipe , this keeps the other pipes high and oil out of the system

 

when you get to where you want to go give it 5-10 mins for the oil to settle if you have had it laying on its side

 

if its only been a 45 degrees angle up stairs then a few minutes will be fine



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Posted 02 September 2013 - 05:40 AM

Thanks, all.   It has stood overnght, and didn't get to more than about 45 degrees while moving, so I think I'll go ahead and plug it in now.

 

If it dies, I'll let you know!



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Posted 03 September 2013 - 07:08 PM

It lives!

 

Cooling quite well, and all seems to be just fine.

 

Thanks for the help!

 

 

Now to see if I can resurrect the old one....






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