I've already googled the question "Can I move an upright freezer laying down?" and the majority consensus was as long as you keep the lines on the high side and don't plug it in for at least 24 hours.
?DO ANY OF Y'ALL HAVE ANY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE WITH THIS?
Thanks for any and all responses !
I would caution against it myself. I took all of the precautions you mention in moving fridge years ago, and it never worked right after the move. I have always moved them in an upright position since, even if I had to rent a trailer to get it done.
I would keep it upright if at all possable,, that freon ( or coolant) moves around when laid on its side ,or any position other what it normally in, if it gets a void in the line somewhere, it most likely won't fill back in, its under pressure, so any disturbance will screw up the apple cart so to speak
I would try to keep it upright ,, unless you are looking for a excuse to get a new freezer
Oil will be the problem when laying it on it's side. The oil will travel back out the compressor through the suction line and drain all the oil out of the compressor back toward the evaperator coil. When you stand it up for 24 hours the oil will drain / migrate back to the compressor by way of the return suction tubing line and put the oil back in the comprssor so it will have the oil to lube the compressor when it starts. The oil will not drain or flow through the valves or pistons of the compressor and out the high side line. It just will not make it out that away for when the compressor is not running the valve will shut off and oil can't flow that away. It's just too much stuff in it way to travel that away. Now oil will flow back out the suction line real easy and drain the compressor.
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I've heard 24 hours but see
Well Gents, you've convinced me NOT to lay it down to move it so now I've got to decide if I can get by with hauling it in the Nissan mini-truck with 36" of cab and 29" of air to support it. Of course I'll strap it good - - - - OR I could get my oldest son to come get it in his full size Mopar.
I guess if we put it at the back of the trailer where the loading ramp sticks up would put too much weight behind the axle probably????????????
We're talking about 86 miles and mostly Interstate.
I know that the "decision" has been made, but one more reason to move upright and what was explained to me years ago - that motor/compressor mount is designed for vertical loading and anything more then just a short - maybe out the door to the truck horizontally - move can break or distort the attachments. Then, the oil and freon - another possible problem already discussed
For sure the compressor shock mounts will bottom out so the tubes connected to the compressor may be a bit stressed for a while.
Those little compressors are about as dense and round as a cannonball, and equally hard to carry.
Gee Guys (does that sound like a 1950 nerd?) I sure appreciate all the input on this and I value Y'alls comments one and all and, YES, I'm hauling it straight up for sure.
Solved my freezer moving problem today - - - - Sold It To The New Owner !
The refrigerator in the new house is brand new and has a freezer on the side that we will just have to learn how to operate with.
WT wrote:OK, solving freezer problems by moving, selling, donating or destroying!
OK, solving freezer problems by moving, selling, donating or destroying!
i have moved them up or down fridge or freezer most bad things happen when they are the older ones from the stone age just my two cents........................................BEAR
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