Below are general moving and storing tips for refrigerators, including compact models. Consult your Owner's Manual for recommendations specific to your model.

Moving the refrigerator:


  • Remove all food, shelves, bins, crispers, racks, and drawers before moving the refrigerator.
  • When moving, always move the refrigerator vertically when possible. Possible damage to the sealed system could occur.
  • Transport the refrigerator in an upright position. If it has been necessary to transport the refrigerator on its side, it should be stood upright for an equal amount of time as it was on its side before plugging it in.
  • If on its side for more than a day, leave standing for 24 hours before running.
  • If it was laying on its side just briefly to service, clean or adjust, it is enough to allow only a few minutes of standing time.  
  • Do not lay the unit on its front or rear.
  • The refrigerator is heavy. When moving the refrigerator for cleaning, transporting, or service, be sure to cover the floor with cardboard to avoid floor damage. Always pull the refrigerator straight out when moving it. Do not wiggle or “walk” the refrigerator when trying to move it, as floor damage could occur.
  • Some models have a defrost drain tray that should be emptied and the defrost drain tube that should be checked. Consult your Owner's Manual for recommendation specific to your model.

For long vacations or absences:


  • Empty food from refrigerator and freezer.
  • Move the temperature dial to the "0" position (Off)
  • Clean the refrigerator and door gaskets according to "General Cleaning" section of the manual.
  • Prop doors open, so air can circulate inside.