Moving is kind of a big project when you have several large or small home appliances to take care of. It’s not about the weight and size but the proper way to transport from A to B. For sure, you don’t wish to cause irreversible functional damage from improper carriage as it can be a headache for you to repair it.
If you are wondering whether you can lay down your compact or mini freezer to transport safely without damaging its cooling system, here the complete guide:
How does a freezer work?
Understanding the basic of how a freezer works is the first step to help you correctly use it daily and move it when needed.
The cooling system consists of 5 main components that operate your freezer. Here’s how they run together to keep your food and vegetables fresh:
- Fluid Refrigerant: used in the air-cooling cycle (to absorb heat).
- Compressor: controls the flow of the refrigerant.
- Condenser coils: mounted outside of the freezer.
- Evaporator coils: mounted inside the freezer.
- Expansion device: controls the amount of refrigerant that flows into the evaporator.
1) When the compressor constricts (the refrigerant vapor), the system raises pressure and pushes it out of the freezers through coils.
2) When the vapor (hot gas) running in the coils meets the cooler surrounding air outside the freezer, it turns into liquid.
3) Through a high-temperature environment, the refrigerant cools the liquid down while flowing it into the coils inside the freezer.
4) The refrigerant absorbs the heat to cool the air down in the fridge.
5) The refrigerant evaporates the liquid into gas and sends it back to the compressor.
Now you should understand how the thermostat works and how all these components will play their roles in running this machine.
What needs to pay special attention to before moving a freezer?
There’s a high chance you could damage the cooling system for only one critical mistake. To avoid unnecessary irreversible damage, there are several essential things you need to pay attention to before you start moving.
Can I lay a freezer down to move it?
The idea behind the cooling system leaves it no choice for you to lay down a freezer to transport.
When you lay down a freezer, the oil in the compressor device will flow into the condenser coils (cooling pipes). It will dramatically affect the cooling system, resulting in low cooling efficiency. In other words, you should always keep a freezer upright when moving as long as possible.
But if you have no choice to lay it down to transport, make sure you will follow the following 3 crucial steps to minimize the possibility of damage.
-Shut down your freezer at least 2 hours before moving.
-Make sure you defrost it and let it completely drain out.
-Lay your freezer on its side, but never on its back (could damage the cooling pipes).
***NB: You should still follow the first two steps when moving it in the upright position. The freezer instruction manual will also give you some helpful guides.
When can I plug the unit in after moving?
This is most likely one of the most important things you would easily forget to pay attention to.
If you transport your freezer in a horizontal or tilted position not for too long, you should let your freezer keep upright for at least 3 hours before plugging it in and turning it on.
But the safest option is to place it upright for 24 hours if it’s been on its side for more than one day.
How to transport a freezer properly?
Knowing the guides above isn’t safe enough for you to transport your freezer if you don’t know how to make sure it can be transported safely to your new place.
Moving your freezer to the truck or van may sound easy. However, there’re some other things you will need to know. Also, it depends on whether you will place your freezer in an upright, horizontal, or tilted position during transporting:
- Measure your freezer: so that you can make sure it can be placed upright in the truck or van.
- Make sure to lift your freezer with one or two other people: to avoid hurting yourself.
- Secure your freezer with straps or particular stuff in the truck: to avoid it moving or rolling around, causing irreversible damage.
- Wrap up your freezer with a piece of cloth: to protect the surface from getting scratched.
In general, modern freezers and refrigerators work under pretty the same thermostat system. That means moving a refrigerator follows the same process. And whatever moving a freezer or refrigerator, you should clear out the food, clean and defrost the appliance before moving.
Now, you are good to go!
Theoretically, you should be able to move your appliance correctly and safely to your new home. The golden rule is the more precautions you take, the less chance you would damage your appliance.