Can the refrigerator be transported lying on its side? How to do it right?


Trans­porta­tion of the refrig­er­a­tor is a respon­si­ble event. Large dimen­sions do not save the device from all sorts of dam­age. Can the refrig­er­a­tor be trans­port­ed lying on its side? How to trans­port cor­rect­ly and safe­ly? Let’s try to fig­ure it out.

Why not…

Can the refrig­er­a­tor be trans­port­ed in vehi­cles with a low roof? If pos­si­ble, how: on the side, stand­ing? Is lying down allowed? Yes, but not rec­om­mend­ed. Why can’t you trans­port the refrig­er­a­tor lying down? There are two rea­sons.

First rea­son. It’s all about the com­pres­sor. It is attached on a spring to the frame of the device. When the device is stand­ing, the load on the springs is dis­trib­uted even­ly. Even a slight slope or hor­i­zon­tal posi­tion leads to a bal­ance fail­ure. They are deformed, stretched and may even break off. The prob­lem is great­ly exac­er­bat­ed by shak­ing and pitch­ing while dri­ving.

The sec­ond rea­son. There is oil in the com­pres­sor of the device. When you change posi­tion, it spreads. Hav­ing reached the tube of the heat­ing device, clogs it. As a result of block­age, the refrig­er­ant will not be able to cir­cu­late in the sys­tem. The refrig­er­a­tor ceas­es to per­form its func­tions of freez­ing food. It is pos­si­ble to solve the prob­lem. You just need to remove this oil block­age.

How to transport?

Usu­al­ly, trans­porta­tion comes down to sev­er­al steps:

  1. prepa­ra­tion;
  2. trans­fer to the vehi­cle;
  3. device load­ing;
  4. trans­porta­tion to the place;
  5. trans­fer to a new loca­tion.

Car­ry the device to its des­ti­na­tion with the utmost care. You can’t knock or shake.

Refrigerator transportation

Refrigerator preparation

Con­sid­er the case of a move. We are mov­ing a new device.


  1. turn off the device (pull out the plug);
  2. free from dish­es and prod­ucts;
  3. unfreeze;
  4. wash well;
  5. remove the inner shelves from the refrig­er­a­tor and pack them;
  6. fix the door;
  7. wrap with foil (so as not to scratch);
  8. well packed (prefer­ably in the orig­i­nal pack­ag­ing).

If a new refrig­er­a­tor is being trans­port­ed, then the man­u­fac­tur­er pro­vides for its cor­rect pack­ag­ing (sty­ro­foam and card­board). The stores (through which we pur­chase the equip­ment) have at their dis­pos­al spe­cial vehi­cles (with a high roof) for prop­er trans­port.


The device must be installed ver­ti­cal­ly in the car (accord­ing to the man­u­fac­tur­er’s instruc­tions). If such trans­porta­tion is not pos­si­ble, the refrig­er­a­tor can be trans­port­ed lying down.

Load­ing plan:

  1. Lay the floor under the refrig­er­a­tor. An unnec­es­sary bed­spread, blan­ket or rags are fine.
  2. Tilt the device (only very care­ful­ly).
  3. Lay on the side. You need to choose the right side. In order not to load the hinges, put it on the side of the door open­ing.
  4. Fas­ten well in the back of the vehi­cle. Weak fas­ten­ing may dam­age the device.


The refrig­er­a­tor must be han­dled care­ful­ly, observ­ing the fol­low­ing rec­om­men­da­tions:

  • you can not move at high speed;
  • you can not brake sharply;
  • you can not steeply enter into turns;
  • choose the smoothest, least wind­ing and short­est road.

After read­ing, you (hope­ful­ly) under­stand how to prop­er­ly trans­port the refrig­er­a­tor.

Refrigerators of the past

Is it pos­si­ble to trans­port an old mod­el refrig­er­a­tor (refrig­er­a­tor) lying down? You can, but prefer­ably stand­ing. Such long-lived devices from the time of the USSR have been pre­served in many homes. If you have to trans­port it in a supine posi­tion, get ready for the fact that it will not work.

The instruc­tion of that time for­bids:

  • flip the refrig­er­a­tor
  • lay on the back side;
  • lay on the ends.

It turns out that the old refrig­er­a­tor can only be trans­port­ed ver­ti­cal­ly. And if there is no suit­able trans­port? How to trans­port a refrig­er­a­tor lying down? There is an exit. Fix the device com­pres­sor with screws. Immerse on a soft sur­face in the trunk and be care­ful in traf­fic. When you deliv­er it to the place, leave the refrig­er­a­tor alone for 4 hours. The cool­ing liq­uid will com­plete­ly drain to the start­ing point and the device will work.

Expert opinion

Trans­porta­tion of the refrig­er­a­tor lying on its side is pos­si­ble, but the time the device is in a hor­i­zon­tal posi­tion should not exceed half an hour. If you need to trans­port the refrig­er­a­tor for long kilo­me­ters, then it is bet­ter to find and trans­port it with a high-roof vehi­cle. Such a car will allow you to trans­late it in the cor­rect ver­ti­cal posi­tion. Rarely, but after hor­i­zon­tal trans­porta­tion, there are cas­es of break­age. But this is (most­ly) due to poor fix­a­tion of the device, inac­cu­rate car­ry­ing, and not to the wrong posi­tion.

How to

It is bet­ter not to vio­late the rec­om­men­da­tions of man­u­fac­tur­ers. Try to put your refrig­er­a­tor in an upright posi­tion. The best solu­tion: to order a car, the design of which will fit a tall object. There are a large num­ber of ads with offers of this ser­vice on the mar­ket.

Refrigerator fixed with belt

You can trans­late the device with a slight incli­na­tion (no more than forty degrees). At the same time, it must be fixed with spe­cial clamps (you can use belts).

Watch the video about the ver­ti­cal trans­porta­tion of the refrig­er­a­tor by spe­cial­ists and the orig­i­nal deliv­ery by movers:

After transportation

After trans­port­ing the refrig­er­a­tor (lying or not, it doesn’t mat­ter), you need to leave it alone for two hours (no less). It’s in the sum­mer. In win­ter — for four hours. The oil and refrig­er­ant will flow through the sys­tem and the unit will assume room tem­per­a­ture. After the spec­i­fied time, it is allowed to turn on the device. After 2 hours of idle work, it is allowed to put food inside.





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