Fridge Freezer Installation: How To Fit A Fridge Freezer

Upgrading to a new fridge freezer can give your kitchen a fresh, modern look – and provide all the space you need for your chilled and frozen essentials. But before you can enjoy the convenience of your new appliance, you'll need to get it installed properly.

From preparing the space to making all the proper connections, there are quite a few steps to fridge freezer installation.

But not to worry! With this article, we'll guide you through the entire process, covering everything you need to know about how to install a fridge freezer. We'll also share some handy tips to make your DIY job easier, and explain how Hoover can make the installation process seamless.

Let's get started!

Out with the old: Removing your old fridge freezer

Is this a fridge freezer replacement? If so, you'll need to carefully disconnect and remove the old model before installing your new appliance. To do this, you’ll need to:

  1. Defrost and clear out any remaining food from your old fridge freezer
  2. Unplug the power supply
  3. Disconnect the water line (if your model has a water dispenser)
  4. Unmount the appliance (if applicable)
  5. Slide out the old fridge freezer and remove it

Can you put a fridge freezer next to an oven?

It's generally not recommended to install a fridge freezer right next to an oven or other heat source. The excess warmth can affect the cooling system and make your appliance work harder. This can lead to increased energy use or an unstable temperature in your fridge freezer.

If possible, try to allow some breathing room between heat-generating appliances.

Prepping the installation area for your new fridge freezer

With your old appliance out of the way, you'll want to clean the area before your new model arrives. Clear away any debris and wipe down surfaces to ensure everything is clean and ready for your new fridge freezer. Before your new fridge freezer arrives, it's also wise to map out your plan for:

  • Power outlet access
  • Water line connections (if needed for an ice maker or water dispenser)
  • Sufficient clearance space on all sides

Fitting an integrated fridge freezer

If you're installing an integrated fridge freezer that slides seamlessly into your existing kitchen worktops, there are a few extra considerations before it arrives. First, carefully measure the cavity space to ensure your model will fit snugly. You'll also need to allow enough clearance for proper ventilation, as restricted airflow can cause your appliance to work harder and increase energy consumption.

Once you've confirmed your model will fit, you can begin preparing for installation!

How do you plumb in a fridge freezer?

For fridge freezers with an ice maker or water dispenser, you'll need to connect a water line before you turn it on. To do this, you’ll need to:

  1. Turn off the household water supply to ensure no water is flowing
  2. Attach the provided water line to the appliance's inlet valve
  3. Slowly turn the water back on and check for leaks
  4. Create a raised "loop" in the line to prevent backflow

How to install a fridge freezer

Now that you've prepped the area, it's time to get your new fridge freezer into position. To install your fridge freezer:

  1. Slide the fridge freezer into the open space, being careful not to knock or kink any water lines or power cords. If your fridge freezer model is particularly large, for example, an American fridge freezer, this will often require two people.
  2. Use the levelling legs to ensure the appliance is sitting perfectly even, as an unlevel fridge freezer can put extra strain on the compressor.
  3. If installing an integrated model, this is when you'll secure the fridge freezer to the surrounding cabinetry using the appropriate mounting hardware and instructions.
  4. Once positioned, plug in the power and turn the fridge freezer on. Remember to let the fridge freezer cool down completely before loading up with food and drinks, particularly the freezer section, which will take longer to stabilise.

How long should you leave a new fridge freezer to settle?

Before powering on your new fridge freezer, you'll need to allow time for the refrigerant inside to settle after being transported. Most manufacturers recommend leaving the fridge freezer unplugged and upright for at least 4 hours to ensure the refrigerant is adequately dispersed.

Due to this, many people also question whether you can lay a fridge freezer down on its side or back to transport it. While upright is best, you can transport a fridge freezer on its side if absolutely necessary. However, you should never lay the appliance horizontally on its back or front, as this can allow coolant to flow into the compressor and potentially cause damage.

Let Hoover handle the hassle of your fridge freezer installation

Of course, installing a new appliance yourself requires some heavy lifting (literally!). If you'd rather leave it to the pros, at Hoover, we offers professional installation services with every fridge freezer purchase. Our trained experts will deliver and set up your new model, ensuring it's plumbed and level for peak performance from the very beginning.

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