By Martin Hart on Thu 05 March 2020
Fitting a fridge can be daunting, but with a knowledgeable team, this can be achieved safely and professionally. The perfect spot for your clients’ new purchase has been chosen, and now is the time for it to be installed.
Installing a fridge isn’t as difficult and intimidating as it seems, here’s a guide on how to fit your perfect fridge.
Unpack the Fridge
Outside You’re staring at the huge cardboard box containing the fridge and wondering where to start. It’s much easier to open outside where you have more space. Begin by removing the cardboard box and other packaging, setting them aside. But do not throw these away until the fridge has been up and running for a few days, this is in case there is a fault and you’ll need the box to return it for replacement or repair. Remove the drawers and shelves inside the fridge so they don’t get damaged whilst installing.
Move the Fridge
The easiest way to move a refrigerator is by using a dolly or hand truck. This tilts the fridge on one side, so the weight is balanced. It’s important to remember that you never put a fridge on its side or upside down as this can result in weakening or damaging the cooling mechanism inside. Take Doors Off Keep in mind, larger refrigerators are difficult to move, as they won’t fit through the doorways in your house. If you didn’t know, all fridges are designed to have removable doors, these are held by bolts at the top and bottom that can be removed by undoing them. The fridge will become much thinner and easier to move once the doors are removed. Once installed, you can bolt the doors back on.
Double Check the Gap
Before purchasing your fridge, you will have measured the space you want to put it in, and bought an appropriately sized one. Double check the gap before moving your fridge inside by marking down the depth, width, and height, comparing this to measurements of your new fridge. The gap allows air to circulate around the fridge, and lets the fridge remove heat safely. The gap varies with different models and types, so make sure you check this. It’s highly important you take care with the amount of space you give for the fridge to radiate the heat away, as if you don’t leave enough, your fridge won’t work as efficiently as it could, and you’re shortening the life of the fridge by making it work harder. Most fridge units require around of space two inches to provide proper air currents.
Slide into the Space
Once you’re happy with the space, you’re ready to slide your fridge in, but firstly, make sure the area is clean and clean of dust beforehand. Connect your power and water, making sure the cables are up against the wall. Most fridges come with wheels at the back, so lift the front up and slowly push the fridge in. Check the air gap on each side to see if there’s enough space, if not, take the fridge out and readjust. Once you’ve done that, reattach the fridge doors, and you’re nearly done!
Check carefully the fridge is level, as this is how they work most efficiently. You can then install the shelves and trays inside and close the door for the fridge to begin working. It won’t become cold immediately, some fridges require a few hours for the cooling system to settle down and start working. If there isn’t a decline in temperature in 24 hours, you will need to call the retailer and manufacturer.