We have to move a side-by-side refrigerator in a minivan, which means
it can't be done upright. The general opinion seems to be that if you
move it on its side, then let it stand a day after the move before you
turn it on, and it'll be fine. On the net and web however, there is
more detailed but conflicting information.
- Lay the fridge down with the suction line below, or pointing downward
as it exits the compressor housing. The reasoning seems to be that the
suction line is larger and there aren't any valves in it, so the oil
can drain back faster compared to the compressor outlet side.
- Have the suction line above, because oil won't flow into the suction
side, and the outlet side is closed by the compressor valves, so oil
won't go there either.
Which side is better? It oil does migrate upward, is it necessary that
every drop come back down, or is a little oil fine and will eventually
come down as the compressor operates?