Fridge installation

How to Install a Fridge

Just picked up your new fridge hey? Not sure how to install it? Well, you’ll be pleased to know it’s not too hard. Installing a new refrigerator is simple when you know how. Metropolitan is here to provide you with some handy installation tips.

What fridge do I buy?

Your fridge is one of the most important appliances you will have to buy. Most fridges last upwards of 10 years, so it is important to choose the right one for your needs.

The size of your fridge will, of course, depend on how many people intend to use it. For 1-2 occupants, it is recommended to purchase a fridge anywhere from 250L to 380L. For 3-4 occupants, you would want a fridge from 350L to 530L and for 5 or more occupants 440L + will be sufficient.

Will it fit? Well, if you have done your measurements properly, it will. Make sure to allow for some room at the sides, top and rear because your new fridge will need space to vent heat. 5cm by default on all sides is a great rule to follow when measuring your space.

Fridges come in a variety of designs and appearances. The best one largely depends on your preference. There are even fridges that feature TV’s and ice dispensers. Of course, if you want a fridge that dispenses water and ice, you will have to hire a licensed plumber to connect it to your water supply. At Metropolitan, our plumbers specialise in all fridge installation services.

Unpacking your fridge

The huge cardboard box that your fridge arrives in is often easier to take off outside where more room is available. Don’t throw away the box and any extras until your fridge is in position and has been running for a few days.

Remove all the shelves, drawers and components from inside your fridge so they don’t get damaged while you are installing it. It is also recommended that you leave the plastic covering on your fridge until it is in place. This will prevent any damage from occurring in the moving process.

To move the fridge, the easiest way is to use a hand truck or sack truck. Never put the fridge upside down or on its side. This can cause serious damage to the mechanics of your system.  If your fridge doesn’t fit through a doorway, you can remove the doors of the fridge.

Slide it in

When you are happy with the space that your fridge will go into, you can slide it in. Make sure you sweep the space and connect the power supply. If your fridge has a water supply, you can also connect that. However, we recommend hiring a licensed plumber to connect your fridge to the water supply.

Push the fridge in slowly, making sure that it’s not getting caught on anything or scratching your floor. Many fridges come with wheels, so the process will be a lot easier. Once your system is in place, check the air gap on the sides to make sure it meets the manufacturer’s recommendations.

You can reinstall the doors if you have taken them off and insert the trays and shelves you removed. Don’t expect your fridge to be cold straight away either. Most fridges take several hours for the cooling system to settle down after the moving process.

If you require any assistance during the installation process, contact the team at Metropolitan Plumbing.

Published: 6 Jul, 2020

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