Tip & How-To about GE (PSS26MSRSS) Side by Side Refrigerator

Moving a refrigerator, freezer, or a combined refrigerator/freezer

Many people often stress over laying a refrigerator or freezer down in the back of a truck in order to move it. It has happened many, many, times that one of these appliances is laid down in order to move it, only to find that the compressor is ruined within a few hours after having plugged the unit back in.

By the same token, it is hard to just dead lift one of these appliances into the back of the truck without tipping the unit on it's side.

The purpose of this trick, or tip, is to avail anyone of what to look for should they need to move one of these unit's.

The reason the compressors fail is lack of oil in the compressor, caused when the compressor is oriented where the oil can go run into the disharge tube which is headed to the condensor coil. Most all modern domestic refrigeration compressors are built as where the enclosure is at the condensing pressure, which is why they get real hot when they run. The high pressure gas is easily pushed into the condensor as the compressor runs. But, if the appliance that the refrigerator is in is tipped over where that tube is on the bottom, then the oil runs in there as well. And when the appliance is stood back up, the piping usually does not allow all the oil to run back into the compressor. If the compressor is started before the oil has a chance to run back, then it get's pushed by the hot refrigerant further into the condensor coil, and on to the evaporator where it becomes cold and thick, to the point that it doesn't want to return to the compressor. This makes the compressor run on low oil, and after doing this for a few hours, it seizes up.

So, in order to lay the unit down, all you need to do is look at the compressor tubing. THere will be three pipes or tubes coming out of the compressor. On eis short, and crimped, then soldered closed. That is the service tubing where the unit is charged at the factory. One is the suction tubing that is the tube returning from inside the refrigerator. And the last is the hot gas discharge tubing, going to the condensor coil. In most all deomestic refrigerators, the suction and discharge tubes come off the same side of the compressor, which is the right hand side of the compressor as you stand at the back of the refrigerator looking at the compressor. That means if you lay the appliance on the left hand side, when standing in the same position, that oil will not have any place to run to, and will stay inside the compressor. You can lay or tilt the appliance on that side all you want, aadn never have any issues when starting the unit up after moving. And you can start tyhe unit up immediatley. You don't have to wait for 8 hours or anything.

Now, if you find you did an oops and laid the applicance the wrong way, then be concerned, there is a way to save the unit. Stand the unit up and wait for 6 hours or so before pluggin the unit in. Plug it in, and allow to run for 2-3 minutes. Unplug, and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. Repeat this for 8-10 times, then allow it to run for 30 minutes or so. DO this a couple of times, and you should be good to go.

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I just sold my Magic chef refrigerator (20.8 cu ft). It was 2 years old . I plugged it in for the buyer. It got cold as it worked perfectly. the buyer said he was going to lay it down to transport it approximately 40 miles away. I told him he could ruin it by doing so. he said he done it before to other refrigerators with no problem. He laid it down in his pickup truck and drove away. Now, 2 days later he called asking for his money back. He said it will not cool. I used to move household goods and we NEVER layed a refrigerator down. Could he have damaged it by transporting it laying down??


i have been i the appliance service industry for approx. 18 years and everytime i see someone lay a refrigerator down or talk about it i literally cringe.... it can be done and sometimes will work ,but what happens if it does not sit upright and notice i said and all the oil runs back down it will fail everytime.... the oil gets in the evaporator and then will not run correct when the compressor comes on it pushes that oil through system and will clog capillary tubes and or slug unit creating it not to pump properly.... guarantee this is what happened to the unit... if it indeed worked fine before you sold it he either allowed oil to saturate the evap coil or something in the sealed system broke in transport causing freon to leak out...

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The reason that it is not recomended to lay a refrigerator down on it's side is because of the oils in the compressor.

When you lay the refrigerator down on it's side the oil can get into the lines and cause problems.

because you have already done so, stand the refrigerator back up and let it sit for 48 hrs and give it a try.

If you half to move a refrigeratror on its side, the best thing to do is inspcect the compressor and see witch side the main lines come out and lay the refrigeator on the oposit side as not to allow the oil to get in those lines.

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Is it Ok to lay a refrigerator on it's side for a short time (less than 30 min.) while moving.


Yes, you can, but allow a couple hours in the upright position before turning it back on.

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do not lay down ,,,, oil from compressor will get into the lines and mess up your system ,,, be safe and haul upright and wait 5 minutes after setting in place to plug it back up / larry

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Enclosed find a link were you can get the answer for your question. http://en.allexperts.com/q/Moving-Furniture-2016/Moving-refridgerator.htm Good luck !

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