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Laying a refrigerator down to transport it if perfectly fine so long as it is stood upright for a couple hours before plugging in and turning on. The early refrigerator compressors could be damaged when the oil would drain from the compressor and refrigerant would mix with the oil (they have an infinity and are miscible). Modern refrigerators feature rotary or other than piston/reciprocating compressors that are much less vulnerable to damage go ahead and lay it down,

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My Hisense fridge was transported lying down. After specific instruction to keep upright. Will it be damaged


In most cases no, the reason they don't want them to be laid down when transporting is because they have oil in the refrigerant lines. When the unit is laid down, the oil pools in pipes and can cause issues if the unit is plugged in immediately after being stood up. In order to reduce the chance of something going wrong, allow it to stand up right for 24 hours before you turn it on.

Mar 18, 2018 | Refrigerators

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I have to transport a refrigerator - Model # ED25PWXBW00 (side by side) approximately 100 miles. Can I lay it down? What will happen if I do?


As far as I know, you can transport a refrigerator laying down but you should leave it upright for 24 hours BEFORE you plug it in.

Aug 22, 2011 | Whirlpool 21.0 cu. ft. Top Freezer...

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my side by side GE refrigerator was unplugged and not in use for 3 months and we plugged in back in and it will not cool at all, it was working perfectly fine before we unplugged it


A couple questions first. Did you transport the fridge laying down. If so did you give it equal time standing up before you plugged it in? For every hour its laying down that much time it must stand up before plugging in. If you didnt do this there is a chance that the compressor may have failed. The oil in the compressor must have time to return back to the compressor or its in the coils when it gets plugged in and the compressor runs dry and warps internally.

Now if you gave it time usually I tell everyone give it 24hrs. Check to see if the fans are going in the freezer. Check the fan by the compressor. Check the compressor to see if its operating.

Check all there things and please comment me back so I can further assist.

Jul 30, 2011 | Refrigerators

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I need to know if it is possible to transport side by side refrigerators laying flat. or almost flat. This will be a short move for about 1/2 hour.


Hello, Yes you can move your side by side laying on it's back..it is most important though that when you have it in it's new place you leave it unpluged for 24 hours so the oils can run back into the compressor. If you have any other questions please feel free to comment again...Mike

Aug 24, 2009 | Refrigerators

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i bought a hot point fridge used it worked fine there i had to transport it on its side now it runs but nothing gets as cold as its supposed to


If you plugged it in soon after you stood it upright you did not allow the oil to run back down into the compresser, you may have killed it. If the temp does not get regular in 24 hours it is not going to. Dont change the settings more than 1 number every 3 hours.

Jul 07, 2009 | Hotpoint Refrigerators

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