What happens if you plug a fridge in too soon?
Too little oil in the compressor can damage it.
So to can too much oil returning to the compressor at any given time.
They are not designed to compress liquids such as compressor oil and doing so can also cause mechanical damage.
If the fridge was transported upright before use, then there is no issue..
What happens if you don’t let a fridge settle?
When a refrigerator is placed in a non-standard position (for example on its side), compressor oil can run out of the compressor and up refrigerant lines. So if you don’t stand it upright and wait, the compressor will pump without sufficient oil — not good.
Why do you have to leave a fridge to settle?
The reason you should leave your fridge off after transporting is because the oil inside may have moved out of the compressor. Leaving the fridge off allows the oil to settle back where it should be. If the compressor is run without enough oil, the piston could seize.
Why do you have to wait 24 hours to plug in a fridge?
Fridges and freezers are full of fluid that’s used to cool the compartments. In transit, your appliance gets shaken around, so it’s best to let everything settle before you plug it in. If it was transported upright, give it at least an hour before you plug it in.
Is it OK to plug in a refrigerator after moving it?
You may plug in your refrigerator immediately if the refrigerator was moved in an upright position. If your refrigerator has been placed on its side during transit (which it should never), you’re supposed to wait the same amount of time it has been laying on its side.