How to move a Fridge or Freezer


Q – What is the best way to move a fridge?

A – Ideally move your fridge in an upright position. However, there is often no other way to move your fridge other than on it’s side. A fridge can be moved on it’s side, but you have to be careful to prevent oil coming out of the compressor and running up the lines where it can cause damage.

The main problem is the oil from the compressor entering the cooling lines. See the different lines on a compressor below :

Move your Refrigerator on its side - Back of the Fridge

The Back of the Upright Fridge

How to move a fridge or freezer on its side - The compressor.

The Compressor lines Left and Right

Safely Move your Fridge or Freezer on its Side

The Compressor lines with the fridge on its side

Important: If the refrigerator was transported on its side, it should be stood upright for an equal amount of time as it was on its side before plugging it in. If on its side for more than a day, leave standing for 24 hours before running.

Q – How long do you have to turn a fridge off before moving it?

A –You will need to defrost, clean and dry your freezer at least 24 hours before service and moving. If your freezer is not a defrost model, allow additional time for defrosting.

Transporting appliances over a greater distance need a little more thought, these tips will ensure your refrigerator sees another day:

  • Empty  the contents of the refrigerator. Obvious but sometimes forgotten!
  • Defrost the freezer compartments.
  • Remove glass shelves and pack separately.
  • Wrapping in blankets or sheeting will prevent scratches.
  • Use straps to stop your fridge tipping over.
  • Tape the doors shut to prevent opening during transportation.

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