Our company has been detailed to remove a split-system condenser from its existing location at the side of the house, and take it around the back, here it will be reinstalled next spring. I would normally pump down the condenser to trap the refrigerant, cut and seal the lines (prior to removal), and disconnect the power. In summer, this would all be quite easy, but we are being asked to do this now, before the new year. Since I have never done this in winter before, I would like to know if it is possible to do without damaging the compressor. I am aware that refrigerant migrates to the compressor in the cold, so it would be full of liquid refrigerant. Would starting the compressor (even for a minute or to) damage it? Would I be better off using a recovery unit instead?