When moving a refrigerator , an important question arises – can you transport a fridge laying down or should it remain upright? There are risks associated with laying a refrigerator down during move, so special care and precautions should be taken. This guide covers tips for how to safely move the fridge without damage.
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Can You Lay a Refrigerator Down to Transport It?
Laying some refrigerators down fully can potentially cause issues like:
- Oil leakage from the compressor
- Compressor damage
- Misalignment of internal components
However, transporting a fridge laying down may be unavoidable in certain situations. Here are some key tips if you must lay it down:
- Only tilt slightly – don’t fully lay the fridge flat
- Transport it this way for less than 24 hours if possible
- Tape the doors completely shut to avoid shifting
- Use blankets and straps to cushion and secure the fridge
Once delivered, let the refrigerator sit upright for over 24 hours before turning back on, allowing the oil to settle. This should prevent any problems from transporting it at an angle.
Additional information: Laying a fridge down fully during transport is not recommended. It’s best to keep upright using equipment like a dolly or hand truck. If laying it down can’t be avoided, do so only for short distances and keep close to upright.
Preparing the Fridge for Transportation
Before attempting to move refrigerator, you must take steps to get it ready for transit:
- Clean thoroughly inside and out with soap and water
- Defrost freezer completely to avoid ice buildup
- Remove all shelves, drawers, and detachable parts
- Tape doors closed so they don’t swing open during transport
Proper cleaning and defrosting will help brace the fridge for moving day. Removing loose parts will also prevent rattling or breakage.
Additional information: Prepare the fridge by cleaning, defrosting freezer, removing parts, taping doors shut. This prevents damage during loading, transport, and unloading.
Choosing the Right Transportation Equipment
Moving a refrigerator requires having the proper gear to keep it secure:
- A dolly or hand truck to strap the fridge to
- Moving straps to tie it into place
- Blankets or pads to prevent exterior dents/scratches
- A ramp for easing it into a truck or van
It’s also wise to recruit 1-2 helpers to assist with maneuvering the heavy appliance.
Additional information: Useful equipment includes an appliance dolly/hand truck strapped upright to the fridge, moving straps/ropes, pads and blankets, and a ramp for loading. Also get 1-2 helpers to assist with maneuvering.
Step-by-Step Instructions for Transporting a Fridge
Follow these key steps when moving refrigerator to ensure a safe, damage-free relocation:
Loading the Fridge
- Position dolly and tilt fridge back to strap on securely
- Wrap with moving blankets and carefully tilt back
- Roll down ramp into truck, keeping appliance upright
- Use straps and pads to prevent any shifting
Transporting to New Location
- Drive slowly and steadily over smooth roads
- Avoid sudden braking or sharp turns
- Park on level ground to prevent tipping
Additional information: Transport the fridge by driving slowly, avoiding bumps, not braking hard or turning sharply. Keep the truck level when parked.
Unloading at Destination
- Remove restraint straps and padding
- Place ramp at rear of truck
- Slowly roll fridge down ramp
- Sit upright for 24 hours before turning on
Additional information: Unload the fridge by carefully rolling down a ramp using the hand truck or dolly.
Take your time and get assistance from others when moving a refrigerator to prevent injury or damage.
Reinstalling the Fridge in the New Home
After transporting a fridge to its destined location, proper reinstallation is critical:
- Adjust feet to level fridge
- Allow ample ventilation space
- Replace hardware and accessories
- Use a dedicated outlet
- Let compressor settle before turning on
Carefully follow the manufacturer’s instructions as well to ensure optimal performance.
Additional information: Reinstall the fridge properly by leveling, allowing airflow, replacing parts, using dedicated outlet. Let compressor settle before turning back on.
With the right preparations and equipment, transporting a refrigerator laying down can be done safely. Just take precautions, get help moving, and handle the fridge with care!