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    OK for heat pump compressor to be on side during unit relocation?

    Relocating a 1 ton heat pump that someone placed on the roof of a house. Unit will be on its side for some time during the move to the ground. Can this hurt the compressor (laying on side?)? Refrigerant lines will be disconnected prior to move.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RayB4GT View Post
    Relocating a 1 ton heat pump that someone placed on the roof of a house. Unit will be on its side for some time during the move to the ground. Can this hurt the compressor (laying on side?)? Refrigerant lines will be disconnected prior to move.
    why don't you just put it on it's base, and stand upright?

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    Its already on its base and on the ridge of the roof. Can't keep on base and get it down without a crane. No plan to get or use one either.

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    No it won't hurt it. Pump it down, braze lines closed and move it. Set it back upright asap.
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    Thanks Cooked. I appreciate the advice. Nice view you have there in Houston.

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    Actually. Transporting it on its side, can damage the internal mounting springs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by beenthere View Post
    Actually. Transporting it on its side, can damage the internal mounting springs.
    Agreed.
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    Tipping it on it's side for a brief time with no jostling should not hurt it. Bouncing it around and fumbling down a ladder probably will. Why do you need to put it on it's side to take it down?
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