I Have Been Told

Old 02-24-07, 01:31 PM
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I Have Been Told

that after having put a 3-way refrigerator on it side for any amount of time that before plugging it in that I am suppose to first put it upside down for 3 days then right side up for another 4 days before plugging it back in. Is there any truth to any of this?
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I've heard variations of that, but I can't say what it applied to. As I remember it has to do with the lubricating oil in the compressor. Laying it down dislocates it and the repositioning it prior to plugging it in puts it back where it belongs.

I can't say if it's true or not.

Hope this helps,

Old 03-02-07, 08:04 AM
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On regular refrigerators you simply stand it upright for at least 24 hours. It does have to do with the lubricating oil. If you immediately stand it up and plug it in you can fry the compressor. Never heard of having to have it upside down first or doing it for more than 24 hours unless it's something specific to that particular type of fridge. I would call an RV specialty shop and get a definitive answer.
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from applianceaid:
Q - Can a fridge be placed on it's side to be moved...Yes and No !!??

A - A fridge can be moved on it's side, but you run the risk of some of the oil coming out of the compressor and running up the lines to places where it can cause a restriction. Damage can occur to the fridge and the fridge may stop cooling :-(

Many times there is just no other way to move your fridge other than on it's side. Appliance Repair Aid has some tips for you.

The #1 problem with a fridge on it's side is the oil comes out of the compressor and runs up the cooling lines. If at all possible lay the fridge down on the opposite side of where these tubes come out of the compressor. Oil can run up the return line and discharge line, oil in the process tube will not hurt the fridge or operation. The worst is having oil in the discharge line.
If you have no choice and must to lay the refrigerator down, a box or something under the top part of the fridge propping the top to be higher than the bottom ( when you lay it down ) would also help keep the oil in compressor.

When you get the fridge to the location you want it....keep the fridge in the up-rite position for at least the same amount of time that the refrigerator was laying down to help any oil in the lines to drain back into the compressor before plugging it back in...after the few hours are over, then plug it in and have a cold drink :-)

Don't forget to tape the shelves down inside the fridge and also to tape the doors closed when you attempt to move your refrigerator
Old 03-02-07, 04:28 PM
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A three way fridge is three ways because it will operate on 120 volts (if in North America), 12 volts DC and propane.
The most common systems uses a mixture of ammonia and water where the refrigerating effect takes place from heating the ammonia and water to separate the two and then relying on the very strong affinity ammonia has for water to cause the separated ammonia to boil to recombine with the water, creating a cooling effect.

Because circulation within the tubing is created strictly from heat it is important for the unit to be level for it to operate at its peak efficiency.
Laying it on its side could sometimes cause the water and ammonia to travel further apart in the tubing causing some difficulty in the start of the cycle.
No damage will occur if you do not invert it so I would suggest you could just try it and if you have no or low cooling effect you perform witchcraft by inverting it.
At most I would say a few hours upside down and an hour right side up would do it.
The best way to start the system going is with propane as there is more heat applied that with the electric element cartridge.
Just make sure the flame tube is clean.

This same standing these things on their heads trick also apply if you have a three way or "camper" fridge that quits working.
After checking to make sure the elements and flame are working, flipping the unit upside down is sometimes all it takes to get it going.
If this trick does not work then there is likely a problem with the cooling unit.

Because the mixture of ammonia to water ratio is extremely critical, manufacturers do not divulge this secret and field repair is not possible.
You can buy replacement cooling units for major brands but they are quite costly.
Some units use small check valves and they could corrode and stick.

Also, older units use a mixture of hydrogen and water.
If you recall what happened to the airship Hindenburg you would know what problems there are handling this gas!

But, if you have a compressor fridge..............What everyone else said! :

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