I got a new mini fridge yesterday. As it is my first fridge ever, I had no idea about the oil settling time waiting so I just plugged it in immediately. It is most probably transported in the correct upright position but I can’t be 100% sure.

Now I wonder is there a way that I could check if I somehow damaged it? It seems like working and cooling is okay. Makes a bit weird noises while running but it might be normal I guess.

And would it make sense to plug it off now and wait? Would it help with the oil settling or is it too late now?


No way to know, those weird noises might be noises of imminent failure in the next 1 day, 1 week, 1 month or year... who can tell...

I seriously doubt if there is anything to be gained in turning it off now - any damage is there. However, you might be lucky and it may run for years and it is just normal noise.

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    I agree it could have been upside down in storage, the good news you should have a warranty, contact them or take it back, it could be normal , maybe, + – Ed Beal Jan 8 at 8:45
  • The company that sold it having it stored upside down and then sold to a customer is exactly what a warranty is for. The op said they were not sure but it failed to work and s new sounds simple enough to me – Ed Beal Jan 8 at 14:52
  • @EdBeal who says it was stored upside down? even if it was, the instructions on every fridge I have bought new and, I suspect, those that you have bought say to wait 12 hours or more before plugging in to avoid that type of damage... – Solar Mike Jan 8 at 14:56
  • If you read my comment I agreed with you and said it could have been upside down at the store, but since you now disagree I guess the + I gave is not warranted – Ed Beal Jan 8 at 15:00

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