Eli5: Why can’t a fridge be laid on its back?

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Eli5: Why can’t a fridge be laid on its back?

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Leaning a fridge over on it’s side can cause fluids like the refrigerant and oils to move and pool in the wrong place.

If you tilt over a fridge to move it it’s recommended to leave a fridge standing up 24 hours to let the fluids settle back to their proper position to prevent damage.

Fridges also have a number of sensitive components, leaning one over risks damaging the fluid pipes and a radiators.