When you’re setting up your refrigerator, it’s easy to assume that making the appliance level is the way to go. However, getting your fridge perfectly level is actually a bad idea! Keep reading to learn how this surprising fridge setup tip can help keep your unit working its best long term.
If you’ve recently purchased a new refrigerator or you’re moving your existing unit, once the appliance is in place, you want to make sure it has a slightly backward tilt. You can achieve this by adjusting the front leveling legs. This is a simple procedure that requires, at most, a screwdriver. Just twist the leveling legs so that your fridge leans back a bit and both front legs are even.
Why is leaning backward better than level? It actually improves your refrigerator’s performance! Modern refrigerators are typically equipped with self-defrosting freezers, and the water from the defrost cycle is designed to flow out of a drain in the back of your freezer. A slight backward tilt helps keep that water effectively running out of your freezer, potentially preventing messy drain clogs.
And, as a fringe benefit, having your refrigerator leaning backward also helps the doors close. In fact, in many cases, it will cause the doors to swing shut on their own even if someone forgets to close the door, helping save you money and keeping your food fresh longer. It’s a win-win!
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