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Transporting a fridge
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Erich    Posted 03-01-2002 at 06:38:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have always heard that a refrigerator should always travel in its upright position. Does anyone know if this is actually true, or is it just conventional wisdom without foundation? I have to transport one a couple hundred miles, and it would be much easier if I lay it down.


Erich    Posted 03-03-2002 at 17:41:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
Just got finished with the trip. All went well. Thanks for all the good advice.


DHunter    Posted 03-03-2002 at 04:55:44       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The problem with laying a refrigerator or upright freezer down to transport is the oil in the compressor getting into the small lines and capillaries in the lines for the evaporator system. If you look at where the lines come out of the compressor and lay it down so that these lines are in the UP position then it's OK. If the lines are horizontal or pointing down when it's being transported, then you need to let it stand for several hours (a day is convenient) so the oil can migrate back into the compressor before it is turned on.
As for the defrost timer, they're fairly universal but to be on the safe side be sure to have the make and model number of the appliance when you go to buy the part. They are easy to change. You might want to locate it and advance it a few notches and see if it will restart. Just use a flat screwdriver and turn it clockwise. Sometimes you can do this and they'll continue to work for years. It's just a little clock motor that operates some switches and sometimes they get stuck. A little WD40 squirted on it wont hurt. If you have more questions E-mail me.

CJC    Posted 03-01-2002 at 19:27:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
You HAVE to leave it upright for 24 hours to allow the oil to set back down in the compressor if you move it on the horizontal.

Jim (Mi)    Posted 03-01-2002 at 09:12:17       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Not sure about your particular model, but I just bought a freezer last month, and the box said ship upright, or on it's back. Mine sat upside down for a day, (did not pay attention to "This end up") and I had no problems. Upright is better for shelving reasons, but laying on it's side should not effect performance, since the refrigerant is a contained system. I would check the mounting fixtures first though, to make sure the compressor or condenser will not slip out of any bracketry.

AD    Posted 03-01-2002 at 07:51:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
The whole idea is to protect the compressor from damage and if it is laying on its side the mounts on one side are pulled out of position and the piping can be bent or broken. It is also better to transport in upright position and also tie the compressor down to where it is not being moved around during transportatin to prevent damage to the electrical and piping connections.

kraig WY    Posted 03-01-2002 at 06:48:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I've been told you can and have laid them down for transport. BUT after you set them up you need to wait 24 hours to plug them in. I've done this and never had any problems.

kane ken    Posted 03-01-2002 at 07:57:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
it has to do with the oil in the compressor and or the refridgerant in the unit . letting it set a day is best..

on a separate issue,,,,,, anyone ever replace a timer on a fridge? my fridge cycles thru defrost phase and seems to stay in the defrost mode. talked to some folks who think it is the timer. Any help?

big fred    Posted 03-01-2002 at 08:52:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Easy job. I hadn't done one before and it took me about 20 minutes. They are generally pretty easy to access and I think it had three screws holding it in and maybe a couple wires to hook up. I think the part was maybe 25 bucks tops, but it's been several years so I don't really recall.

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