I moved a refrigerator. During the course of the move it was leaned over at 45 degrees several times and laid almost flat for 30 seconds or so.

How long should it sit vertical (upright) to let all the oil (in compressor, etc.) run to the right areas?


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It's not clear what MAKE/MODEL you have but the GE Appliance manual says to leave it UPRIGHT for an amount of time equal to the length of time it was on its side.

It also says specifically:

If laying on its side just briefly to service, clean or adjust, just a few minutes of stand time will be enough.

It sounds as though just a few minutes will be sufficient.

From the OP: An experienced friend recommended 8 hours after 5 minutes of it being between flat and 45 degrees (while moving it).

  • I have a Maytag and it says the same thing..
    – JACK
    Oct 3, 2019 at 13:16
  • Of course, there's a reasonable limit. I wouldn't expect to need to let it stand for several months. A few hours should be the maximum necessary time, at most.
    – isherwood
    Oct 3, 2019 at 14:28
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    Probably overkill, but I'm used to "24 hours" as your reasonable maximum and what used to be recommended (decades ago) if it was shipped laid flat (as in a station wagon or van rather than upright in a truck.)
    – Ecnerwal
    Oct 3, 2019 at 16:14

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