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Freezers come in diverse designs, ranging from chest freezers to upright and compact models. Like refrigerators, it’s crucial to ensure the freezer remains upright during transportation.

Freezers employ the same refrigeration system as refrigerators, so carefully handling them is essential to avoid potential damage to the coils or the coolant inside.

If you are planning a move, you probably have a lot on your mind! It’s clear that moving is no easy task, and you will have to relocate many things with you successfully.

When it comes to appliances, especially large ones, correctly moving them can be challenging.

Here is our step-by-step guide on how to move a freezer!

Step 1. Disconnect the freezer from the power source

Before you start, power off your freezer to avoid any potential electrical accidents.

Step 2. Remove all items from the freezer

Remove all items from the freezer. If you have frozen food, transfer it to another freezer or use a cooler to preserve the cold.

Step 3. If needed, defrost the freezer

We advise letting the freezer thaw before attempting to relocate it. This will simplify the handling process and minimize the risk of damage.

Step 4. Clean everything thoroughly

Thoroughly clean the inside of the freezer, making sure that there is no lingering water or moisture. Ensure every nook and cranny is spotless, guaranteeing a dry interior to prevent any issues when moving or restoring power.

Step 5. Prepare it for transport

Make sure that the freezer doors are firmly closed. In the case of detachable doors, take the precautionary step of fastening or securing them with strong tape to prevent any unexpected openings or shifts during the transportation process. This added measure ensures the integrity of the freezer’s structure and contents throughout the move.

Can you lay a freezer on its back?

It’s typically not a good idea to lay a freezer on its back during transportation because this can lead to oil leakage and potential damage to the cooling system. Keeping the freezer upright ensures optimal performance and prevents costly repairs.

Always prioritize transporting your freezer upright to preserve its functionality and extend its lifespan.

When moving a freezer, it’s typically advised to avoid laying it on its back if possible. Make sure that you follow these guidelines:

  • Keep it upright

Transport the freezer upright to prevent damage to the compressor and cooling system.

  • Wait before plugging in

If the freezer has been laid on its side or back,
wait at least 24 hours before plugging it in. This allows the refrigerant fluids to settle back into their proper positions.

  • Secure for transport

Use appropriate
packing materials and secure the freezer to prevent it from sliding or tipping during transportation.

  • Avoid tilting

If you must tilt the freezer, keep it at an angle no greater than 45 degrees. This
minimizes the risk of oil leakage from the compressor.

It’s important to always refer to the guidelines in the user manual for specific instructions regarding the transportation and installation of your freezer model.

Of course, if you can’t find the manual, we advise contacting the store where you purchased the refrigerator or the company that manufactured it.