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.

Keep Food Safe in your Fridge

Basic Food Safety Practices

Food related illness can be kept to a minimum by following SAFE FOOD PRACTICES.
You can’t always see, smell, or taste harmful bacteria that may cause illness.

The four major guidelines to keep food safe are :Tips to keep you fridge food safe

  1. Keep Clean Wash hands and surfaces often.
  2. Keep Separated Don’t cross-contaminate.
  3. Cook Properly Cook to proper temperatures.
  4. Chill Quickly Refrigerate promptly.




Buy refrigerated or frozen items last.
Never buy meat or poultry in torn or damaged packaging.
Do not buy food past “Sell-By,” “Use-By,” or other expiration dates.


Always refrigerate perishable food within 2 hours (1 hour when the temperature is above 32 °C).

Check the temperature of your refrigerator and freezer with an appliance thermometer. The refrigerator should be at 4 °C or below and the freezer at 0 °C or below.

Meat and poultry should be wrapped securely to prevent meat juices from getting onto other food.


  • Refrigerator:    Thaw on the bottom shelf of the fridge. Use a tray or plate on to prevent dripping onto other food.
  • Cold Water:     Place food in a leak-proof plastic bag. Submerge in cold water. Change the water every 30 minutes. Cook immediately after thawing.
  • Microwave:      Meat and poultry thawed in the microwave should be cooked immediately


Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water before and after handling food.

Prevent cross-contamination. Keep raw meat, poultry, fish, and their juices away from other food. After cutting raw meats, wash cutting board, knife, and counter tops with hot, soapy water.

Marinate meat and poultry in a covered dish in the refrigerator.
Do not use the same cutting board for raw meat and other foods.

Bone in meats: Cook all raw beef, pork, lamb and veal to a minimum internal temperature of 62 °C
Ground meats: Cook all raw ground beef, pork, lamb, and veal to an internal temperature of 71 °C
Poultry: Cook all poultry to an internal temperature of 75 °C

Use a meat thermometer to check internal tempertures.


Hot food should be held at 60 °C or warmer.
Cold food should be held at 4 °C or colder.

When serving food at a buffet, keep hot food hot with chafing dishes, slow cookers,or a bain marie.
Keep cold food cold by nesting dishes in bowls of ice.
Use a food thermometer to check temperatures.

Perishable food should not be left out more than 2 hours at room temperature (1 hour when the temperature is above 32 °C).


Discard any food left out at room temperature for more than 2 hours (1 hour if the temperature was above 32 °C).
Place food into shallow containers and cool radily in the fridge or freezer.
Use cooked leftovers within 3 to 4 days.
Reheat leftovers to 75 °C.


Meat and poultry defrosted in the refrigerator may be refrozen before or after cooking provided the food has not be taken out of the fridge.
If thawed by other methods, cook before refreezing.

Bored kids?

Keep them busy with this fun project and decorate your fridge with these personalised magnets.

Fridge Spare Parts

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