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Old 11-21-2010, 09:20 PM   #1
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Transporting a refrigerator

What's the idea behind the refrigerator not to be transported any which way, but should always stay upright? Is this about the freon? What about it?


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Old 11-22-2010, 08:49 AM   #2
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I'm not an appliance repair person, but have a good friend who is--Thank Goodness at times. This discussion has been brought up by people we are around and here is what he has had to say, in general: This was an "old school" thought back when refrigerators were built differently than they are today. Something to do with the expansion valve and they type of freon used back then. Lying a fridge on it's back or side(s) would tend to have all the old style freon sort of go to the lower side. For some reason when the fridge was stood back up, the freon was not distributed correctly, and when the fridge was started up the freon could not be compressed properly. The freon also contains the compressor lubricant, therefore pre-mature compressor failure. The "old school" way of thinking was to leave the unit upright for at least two days for everything to settle into place all over again. NOW--he states that with today's newer systems, newer designed expansion valves, newer freon(s), etc. This is not the situation. Case in point: Have you noticed that sometimes when someone buys a new fridge at one of the big box stores, the store staff puts it into a truck lying on it's back? I see this often nowadays. Now if someone can post a better reason here --I'll share this with Ernest who has about 50 years in working with appliances and HVAC systems. David


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Old 11-22-2010, 09:18 PM   #3
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nothing has changed, the best rule for transporting a refrig is it should always be upright. the deal with lying a refrig down is the oil in the compressor will drain in to the refrigerant lines, not a big deal until it works its way into the capillary tube, which is the size of a pencil lead, it will clog it every time . when this happens you have no refigerant metering into the evaporator so you have no cool and you have basically ruined your unit, or you will pay big bucks to have someone try to get it unplugged. Can you lay a refrigerator down to transport it? absolutely, just remember that it MUST remain turned off or unplugged once you get it back upright. A good rule of thumb is 24 hours down time to let all the oil drain back into the compressor.
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