How much free space should I allow around my refrigerator?

Last modified : Jul 20. 2018
Side By Side refrigerator

For your free-standing refrigerator, you must leave a minimum distance of 50mm (1.9685 inches) of space free around the sides and at the back of the unit, and then at least 25mm (0.984252 inches) space at the top.

Some models do vary in space required, it's best to check the full product manual available for download here

How much free space should I allow around my Refrigerator?

IMPORTANT: If the refrigerator is stored in too narrow a space, then the cool air required to replace the warm air expelled by the condenser will be unable to reach it, and the hotter air will build up causing the compressor to work harder.

This can result in unnecessary compressor 'noise', poor cooling and premature failure, due to the compressor not being able to cool down properly.

Please note:

 

Avoid installing your fridge under the following conditions, in order to prolong the life of the unit:

●       In direct sunlight: This can result in discoloration of the refrigerator's surface.

●       In locations where the temperature or humidity is too high: The refrigerator will not cool down properly if the temperature is too high. Also frost or dew may form as a result of too high humidity. Both conditions will affect the life and performance of the product.

●       On an uneven floor surface: This may cause the fridge doors to open unevenly, and may also result in refrigerator 'noise' being produced.

●       In a location where it is difficult to connect to a water pipe: This may result in the water connection to the fridge unit not functioning properly. 

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