When my small chest freezer was delivered, the UPS guy flipped it end over
end to get it up the stoop by himself. No wonder it periodically gurgles.
Don. www.donwiss.com (e-mail link at home page bottom).
About 45 years ago, shortly after I finished High School, I moved into a
run-down "Furnished" house. One day our refrigerator quit getting cold.
It ran, but did not get cold. We called the landlord, and he came over
(drunk as he always was). He told us to remove the contents, then he
asked us to help him move it outside to the porch.
We thought he was going to bring us another fridge, but instead, as soon
as we got it to the porch, he just pushed it off the porch. That porch
was 3 to 4 feet off the ground. The fridge crashed on it's side onto the
concrete sidewalk. We just stood there wondering what the hell he was
doing. He sat down and said "now we gotta wait", and he drank another
pint of some sort of booze. A half hour later he said "Lets put it back
on the porch". So we help him get it back on the porch. It's all dented
up, but he asks if we have an extension cord. We got one and he ran the
cord thru a window and plugged the fridge into it.
He got himself another bottle to drink and said "now we gotta wait". I
must admit I, and everyone else was completely amazed to find that
within a half hour that fridge was cold again.....
The landlord told us to take it back into the house by ourselves and he
left.... (But before he left, he said "now you guys know how to fix a
Although we did not live there very long, that dented up fridge
continued to work for months afterwards. UNBELIEVABLE!
All three freezers sat for a week. I didn't know they had to be set for a day or
so after transport. I never heard that this is a problem with big freezers so
why is the compressor so different? Each was at an angle for only a few seconds
during transport. After installed each were powered up immediately which
apparently was a big mistake. I did not let them sit. I guess by starting them
up right away rather then let them sit, damage to the compressor resulted. But
seriously, three freezers all failing, transported and installed at 45 d angle
at worst? What's wrong here? And there must be a way to fix this, Is the
compressor permanently damaged? Is there any way to tell?
I just wish there was a warning in big letters on the shipping box. Years ago I
got a Haier, took it home at a 45 d angle and it worked fine. The new ones are
Around here, they pay you $35-50 when they haul it away. Your taxes
at work protecting the environment.
The way I heard it, when you lay it over, oil in the compressor may
find its way into the exit pipe.
When you turn it on, oil makes its way to and plugs up the
(whatever they use as) expansion orifice...game over.
Presumably, oil in the big part of the pipe can make its way back into
the compressor if you let it sit. Once it's in the capillary tube,
it has a hard time getting out.
What you did after you touched it may be irrelevant after a boat
trip from China in whatever position it happened to be.
When they delivered my fridge, they started it immediately. No problems.
But they carried it pretty-much upright all the way.
50 years ago, I hauled the fridge from college back home.
100 miles on its side in a trailer.
Was dead when it arrived home.
Unplug them, let them sit for at least 24 hours, plug them back in.
I have doubts that the compressors was damaged, but you may need to let
them sit idle for a day, so the refrigerant can settle.
If that dont fix them, push them off your porch, wait a half hour, put
them back on the porch, wait a half hour, then plug them in.... :)
On Apr 12, 2:02 pm, email@example.com (MICHELLE H.) wrote:
There are two reasons. One is the one you stated which is sometimes
fixed by leaving it up right for an hour or two on some designs. On
others the oil can get into the cylinder of the compressor and cause a
There are lots of different sorts on compressor, that's the problem
The other is that some compressors are spring mounted (for silent
running) and the compressor can fall off the springs.
Especially if it's on it's back/side and jolted about in transport.
The compressor is inside the metal lump low down at the back.
So best not to tip it over, it may or may not be OK, no-one can say
I've moved many refrigerators by laying them down but only just long
enough to move them from one house to another, rarely for more then 30
to 40 minutes. I always make sure I lay them down with the compressor
on the "down" side when it's on it's side. I have never had a problem
and I typically plug them back in within an hour of delivery. I'm
sure that the warning is true if you were going to lay it down and
leave it on it's side for quite a while, like hours and hours or
On Friday, April 12, 2013 3:25:05 PM UTC-4, Don Phillipson wrote:
Like some snot-nosed pimply-faced teenager is going to know anything about
Hell, even the store manager... He's probably got thousands of products in his
store. Do you realistically believe he knows EVERYTHING about EVERY product in
On Friday, April 12, 2013 9:02:34 AM UTC-4, MICHELLE H. wrote:
Yup, it's right there in black and white on the box...
I sincerely doubt you could fit one of those fridges in a Chevy Cavalier, even
laying down! Judging from the topsoil thread your sense of space calibration is
The helpless woman without a friend in the world routine is only going to get
you so far in life. You need to advance to the helpless single woman with
several male friends who own trucks and are tripping over themselves to lend a
Try phoning the company's 1-800 customer service phone number. I can't
fit it in my head that any fridge could be permanently damaged by laying
it on it's side. Almost certainly that warning is on the box to disuade
people from buying the fridge who are planning to USE it in a position
other than upright.
Two considerations. One is the oil thing and yes, standing it up for
a while should take care of it.
The other is shipping damage. I don't know how the compressor is
mounted,but it is designed to travel standing upright. Bouncing in a
truck for a couple hundred miles can possibly cause damage if it is on
the side. A half hour in a gently driven vehicle would be OK. Watch
for pot holes.
If would be good if you knew more about the design but it would not be
readily available. . One side may have more or less damage potential
than another, but you'd have to know about the design of the unit.
It is true. Putting a fridge on its side may damage the appliance, void the
warranty, and cause you to lose your entire investment, including sales tax.
Why, oh why, would you question the manufacturer's admonition - printed in
large letters on the box and, no doubt, in the instructions and warranty
information - to not do so?
Go online and check the owners manual. The better appliance
manufacturers have detailed moving instructions. Some will advise you
to transport on the left side, some right side. It all depends on how
If it's a cheap piece of Chinese crap with no info available, just stand
it back up for 24 hours before you plug it in. If it pukes you're not
out much anyway.
I've been watching this thread and I always recommend to anyone who must
lay a residential refrigerator on its side to determine where
the compressor is and make sure it is at the lowest point when you
lay the fridge on its side. To be safe you can let it sit upright for
24 hours but I've never seen one damaged from being run after being
laid on its side or run just right after being set upright. The oil will
be blown back to the compressor anyway and the thermal overload on the
compressor will click on and off until things stabilize. I think many of
them have rotary compressors now and those darn things are hard to
damage. I even saw a solid state dorm sized fridge one day a a retailer
and it didn't have a compressor. You can run one of those upside down if
you wished to, you may have a problem with condensate draining but
college students don't care about things like that. ^_^
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