Originally Posted by itiswhatitis1
You don't transport refrigerator horizontal because of the freon. There is no freon in a water heater. Ask the guy at lowe's or home depot
Transporting a refrigerator laying down has nothing to do with the Freon. The
Freon is spread all through the system under equal pressure. The reason they don't want them laying down is you could lose the oil out of the compressor.
Some of the oil will go through the system mixed with the Freon when it running
So if the oil does leave the compressor when laying down, after you fire it up you will get it back. But for a while you are running the compressor low on oil,
which could damage the compressor.
So now you can tell the boys at Lowe's you know the real reason for not laying a refrigerator down.
Redwood answered the question about why not to transport a water heater laying down. Paul