How do you properly transport a refrigerator?

Posted on Fri 10 June 2022 in Travel

Keep all screws and pieces together in a zip lock bag. Wrap the exterior of the fridge in moving blankets or some other cushioning to prevent dings and scratches. For extra protection: Remove refrigerator drawers and glass shelves for safe transport. If you're not going far, you can tape drawers in place instead.

Can I transport my fridge horizontally?

No, you should not move or store a refrigerator on its side. When a refrigerator is laid on its side, the oil in the compressor will flow from the compressor tube into the coolant lines. This doesn't automatically mean that it will break, but it can be risky depending on the type of refrigerator you have.

Can you lay a refrigerator on its back?

If it was on its side for more than a day, leave it standing upright for 24 hours before running the refrigerator. If laying on its side just briefly to service, clean or adjust, just a few minutes of stand time will be enough.

How long do you wait to plug in a refrigerator after laying it down?

If it was on its side for two hours, leave it upright and unplugged for two hours. If it was delivered on its side, or was sideways for more than a day, then give it a full 24 hours before plugging it in.

How do you move a short distance fridge?

If you want to move the fridge a short distance in the same room, to clean behind it or reorganize the kitchen, remove the items anyway, and place them on the counters. It'll make it safer to move and you won't risk tipping over the fridge. Use moving rollers, and place them under the feet of the fridge to do this.

How long should refrigerator sit after moving?

When you plan to restart the refrigerator after moving it, wait at least twelve hours before plugging in to ensure that any lubricant or coolant is settled into place and isn't going to gush out or damage the function of your refrigerator when plugged back in.

Can you transport a fridge freezer on its side?

It is always best to keep a fridge or freezer upright when moving, but you can transport a fridge on its side too. Just remember that before it is plugged in and switched on, it should be left upright for a minimum of 3 hours.

Can I fit a fridge in my car?

Plan for Transporting the Refrigerator The answer is no. A refrigerator should never be transported on its back; the weight of the fridge can damage internal parts, and the internal fluids such as the oil inside the motor; or the refrigerant may shift and settle in undesirable places in the machine's system.

How do you move a fridge without a dolly?

Use furniture sliders: Gently tilt the front portion of your fridge up off the floor (using a pry bar or with the assistance of a partner, if needed) and adhere sliders, also sometimes referred to as “furniture glides,” to the front feet. You should now be able to slide the fridge forward without causing damage.