Now that you went out and invested in a brand-new refrigerator, you want to be 100% certain you’re setting it up for optimal performance. Otherwise, what did you spend all that money for?
That’s why we’re giving you this guide for a successful refrigerator installation. Give it a read before you get to work!
How to Install Your New Refrigerator
- Before you install your new refrigerator, make sure you have enough space for an air gap. Check the manual that came with your unit for the exact specifications. This gap is necessary for air to circulate and heat to escape. For most models, the required air gap at the rear of the unit is two inches.
- Next, slide the refrigerator almost into position. Line it up, but leave enough room so you can fit behind it. Once you’re behind the unit, connect the power and water lines.
- Now, slowly push the refrigerator towards the wall. Most new refrigerators today come with wheels on the back, so tilt it upwards and use the wheels to roll the unit into place. Leave two inches (or whatever the manufacturer recommends) between the unit and the wall.
- If you removed the doors of your refrigerator for transporting purposes, now is the time to reattach them. Here’s how to make sure the doors and the unit itself are perfectly level so they can form an airtight seal.
- Finally, install the interior shelves and drawers. Close the doors and allow the refrigerator to run undisturbed for a few hours while it cools down to the proper temperature. Once it reaches 40 degrees F, you can safely load it up with perishables.
And there you have it! If you need any further assistance with your new fridge, don’t hesitate to ask. At All Brands Appliance Repair, we’re always happy to help.