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    Transporting and plugging in fridge freezer...help!

    We have just transported a 2 year old fridge freezer 4 miles, horizontal (not upright!). How long do we have to wait before plugging it in? I have searched t'internet and there's lots of different advice. Is there any one site that could tell me or anyone here know? Thanks.

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    Advice seems to be between 10 and 24 hours.

    I'd say as long as possible if you can last 24 hours then do so.

    My brand new american style fridge-freezer was recommended to be left for 4 hours before plugging in.

    Laid horizontally 24hrs, Usually get away with 4 hours if upright.

    Original Poster

    See what I mean...advice varies from hours to days! :thumbsup:

    I'm sure I have known people who have transported things in the past and not had to do this.
    Can I be the thick one here and ask why you have to wait before plugging in. I honestly don't know why.

    Original Poster

    Think I will leave it till tomorrow. Rep left for advice..thanks.

    I'd defo advise you leave it around 24 hours as you had it laid horizontally.

    Original Poster

    WoolyM;5828468

    I'm sure I have known people who have transported things in the past and … I'm sure I have known people who have transported things in the past and not had to do this. Can I be the thick one here and ask why you have to wait before plugging in. I honestly don't know why.



    I think it's something to do with letting the gas settle 'cos it can get mixed up with something else :?

    WoolyM;5828468

    I'm sure I have known people who have transported things in the past and … I'm sure I have known people who have transported things in the past and not had to do this. Can I be the thick one here and ask why you have to wait before plugging in. I honestly don't know why.



    Because the gases become unsettled, Turning them on can cause them to go bang etc..

    shauneco;5828499

    Because the gases become unsettled, Turning them on can cause them to go … Because the gases become unsettled, Turning them on can cause them to go bang etc..



    Ooh err. I guess thats a good reason for waiting then. Would a bang just affect the appliance itself. Thats enough really. It wouldnt be a bang that wuld destroy other things as well surely. :?

    the manual for mine said 2-3 hours

    WoolyM;5828530

    Ooh err. I guess thats a good reason for waiting then. Would a bang just … Ooh err. I guess thats a good reason for waiting then. Would a bang just affect the appliance itself. Thats enough really. It wouldnt be a bang that wuld destroy other things as well surely. :?



    I would guess that all the gas would escape, It wouldn't necessarily be a big bang but obviously your appliance would no longer work and if you were in a similar area to where the gas escapes you could be poisoned by the gas, Well in my experience it causes an headache but suppose it could be worse.

    shauneco;5828566

    I would guess that all the gas would escape, It wouldn't necessarily be a … I would guess that all the gas would escape, It wouldn't necessarily be a big bang but obviously your appliance would no longer work and if you were in a similar area to where the gas escapes you could be poisoned by the gas, Well in my experience it causes an headache but suppose it could be worse.



    Thanks for info. repped.
    I am sure that friends/relatives etc have moved stuff before and not waited. Guess they were lucky

    It's to do with liquid getting into the compressor cylinder and not the gas. It would just stop the compressor and also the oil needs to flow back to the comp.
    Leave the doors open to get the inside to room temp and a few hrs will do.

    Banned

    unless you had a really bumpy journey or its been shook around a lot then it will be fine to switch on straight away

    I have just had a brand new fridge freezer delivered last week and they said toleavefor 4 hours before plugging in then 24 hours before using x

    From espares advice (if just moving never mind lying down horizontally.)

    Always allow a fridge-freezer to settle for a couple of hours with the power switched off before and after moving it.

    Many sites say to never lie them down.

    Tinkytayls;5830994

    I have just had a brand new fridge freezer delivered last week and they … I have just had a brand new fridge freezer delivered last week and they said toleavefor 4 hours before plugging in then 24 hours before using x



    Yes all these quotes are for just simple moving it about, the op has lay it down on it's side which is a completely different story.

    Banned

    i have first hand experience in this and have overseen thousands of fridges been transported over the last few years, and as its been transported for less than half an hour..... shouldnt be a problem at all ......if its been bumpy and laid down then max you need to leave it is 2 hours or so

    I had someone clean my freezer. They laid it on it side and left it there unplugged for 4/5 days. I sat it up and finished cleaning it. But I plugged it up. Then found out that I should wait. Will my freezer work again? If so how long should I wait to pulg it back up?

    I've plugged mine in after 12 hrs and been transported horizontally for 20 mins, but didn't seem to be working, anyone seem to know why?

    i am female and dont want to sound stupid but my logik upright freezer has just been delivered and tho i was told the handles ect will be done they are not. i cant even open the door to get to the manual and to check inside is ok.There is a latch type thing on right hand side on top off the door with a screw in it? does this have to be taken off then i can open the door ?

    delta50

    i am female and dont want to sound stupid but my logik upright freezer … i am female and dont want to sound stupid but my logik upright freezer has just been delivered and tho i was told the handles ect will be done they are not. i cant even open the door to get to the manual and to check inside is ok.There is a latch type thing on right hand side on top off the door with a screw in it? does this have to be taken off then i can open the door ?


    Yeah, like we'd fall for this obvious trap...

    linuxlinks

    Yeah, like we'd fall for this obvious trap...


    Hi thanks for your help everyone. I managed to sort out the problem with the help off a kind neighbour who knows I have arthritis in my hands and helped open the freezer. He had a problem too cos it was new the suction round the door me it hard to open plus without the handle on. He also had a problem removing the screws on the door to put ha due on. I complained to the store customer service dept and they have refunded my express delivery charge back and could not appollogise enough. I should not have had this problem as I did explain my condition to the retail staff when buying new freezer previous day due to my old one breaking down. He assured me everything will be done for me. He could see I was stressed cos I had to remove newly brought food from old freezer and store it elsewhere till new freezer was ready to use. The last comment from linuxlinks ( what are you trying to say) . Thanks again everyone who gave me advice. Now enjoying freezer despite still quite hard to open when getting food out

    Please help. I just moved a second hand fridge and I plugged it straight in. Now the freezer won't freeze. Is there anything I can do or is it stuffed ? Thanks

    Somsomoxox

    Please help. I just moved a second hand fridge and I plugged it straight … Please help. I just moved a second hand fridge and I plugged it straight in. Now the freezer won't freeze. Is there anything I can do or is it stuffed ? Thanks



    Unplug it, leave it for 24hours and try again, if still not luck call and engineer that gives free estimates. If it is **** your probably better off getting a new one, wait the 24 hours before trying though.
    Edited by: "Donkii" 8th Oct 2015

    Somsomoxox

    Please help. I just moved a second hand fridge and I plugged it straight … Please help. I just moved a second hand fridge and I plugged it straight in. Now the freezer won't freeze. Is there anything I can do or is it stuffed ? Thanks




    Plug in and out 25 times with 5 second intervals.

    Somsomoxox

    Please help. I just moved a second hand fridge and I plugged it straight … Please help. I just moved a second hand fridge and I plugged it straight in. Now the freezer won't freeze. Is there anything I can do or is it stuffed ? Thanks



    Just unplug and leave it a few hours for the gas to settle and any liquid to evaporate, if any liquid got in when moving it may knack the compressor if turned on too soon.
    Edited by: "NEtech" 8th Oct 2015

    transit

    Plug in and out 25 times with 5 second intervals.


    3 second intervals (_;) I think you're thinking of a chest freezer.

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