Tilting refrigerating devices


Old 01-03-13, 08:45 AM
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Tilting refrigerating devices

What are the general caveats/guidelines when one needs to tilt a refrigerated device over on its back? Anything to do before, during or after the process?

RTFM won't apply; need to do this to all three units in the kitchen I'm finishing up (fridge, wine fridge, keggerator), reusing 2 units, the keggerator is so old I cannot read the model # and the fridge I posted here on a while back, cannot re-order a replacement owner's manual. All three need caster/glides attention.

Short of an animal sacrifice before beginning, is there anything useful I should know?

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Old 01-03-13, 09:08 AM
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One rule of thumb I have always heard is that you should get it back upright asap and you shouldn't plug it back in for 24hrs.
Old 01-08-13, 06:23 AM
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Thanks, that's at least something.

I'm curious about what's going on inside, why this is an issue. The wine fridge, maybe 5 months old, we brought home laying down (sorry, we don't own a Lark Wagonaire), probably turned it on within an hour of getting it home, it does make a fair amount of "percolating" noises which I'd like to cure.
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What's going on inside is...when you put it on it's back or side the oil can drain out of the compressor and into the freon lines.

Standing up for 24 hours will allow the oil to drain back into compressor.
Old 01-08-13, 10:08 AM
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At least one text book I read claimed because of one way valves the oil would be unable to ever return to the compressor but as I recall the explanation didn't make much sense to me because when running it seemed the oil would be carried back to the compressor anyway but I'm not a refer tech.

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