The rules for installing a refrigerator in the kitchen
For prolonged and safe operation of the refrigerator it is not enough simply to buy high-quality equipment from an authoritative brand - in addition, you need to know how to properly install the refrigerator. Correct installation is a pledge of long-term and comfortable operation of your equipment. Buying a refrigerator for serious money, you should be sure that it will serve you for many years and will not fail until the end of the warranty period. And for this you need to follow some rules when installing.
In no case should you allow the refrigerator to turn on the power supply immediately after delivery from the store, especially during the cold season.
Switch on the device only after 6 hours (and if possible - after 12 hours). Nobody knows that your purchase has survived during transportation, so you need to wait a while for the oil in the compressor glass to go back to its proper place. Techniques are often turned upside down during transportation, so such incidents are inevitable.
When your purchase is already unpacked in the kitchen, carefully examine the cord and the condition of the plug. If any damage is found, you can not turn on the device on the network. Then make sure that the outlet is also in a satisfactory condition.
Do not forget about air circulation
Then you need to choose a suitable place in the kitchen. Even if there is not enough space in your kitchen, you can not put the refrigerator next to furniture or other equipment, leaving no gaps. Due to the fact that the compressor of the refrigerator is very hot when the air in the chamber is cooled, the walls of the refrigerator cabinet need free air circulation. If walls, furniture or household appliances interfere with circulation, the operating life of the refrigerator will decrease significantly, as will the efficiency of its operation..
The optimal gap between the refrigerator body and other planes is 5 centimeters. Most units are equipped with ready-made stops on the body, which will not allow them to be pushed close to the wall or furniture..
Installation of the refrigerator for the building level is only needed if you are an incorrigible perfectionist. It's not necessary, just adjust the adjustable feet. It is advisable to make a slight bias back - then the door will be closed under its own weight. If your refrigerator is equipped with automatic door closers, the slope can not be done.
Avoid proximity to gas stoves and batteries
The installation of a refrigerator in the kitchen is always associated with the risk that it will be installed in close proximity to the stove or battery. In most cases, this is the case, since not every kitchen can find space "for creativity." But this should be avoided, since such an installation will cause excessive overheating of the equipment.
If the neighborhood with the cooking surface or battery can not be avoided, take care of the presence of a protective barrier. They can become an ordinary sheet of plywood with a layer of foil, which perfectly reflects the heat. In addition, it is not desirable to install the refrigerator under direct sunlight.
Take care that the refrigerator is away from devices with a natural ground - this neighborhood badly affect the efficiency of the machinery, and also contradicts the safety precautions when working with electrical appliances. If this can not be avoided, shield the device with a natural ground with a thin wooden grille.
If the installation of the refrigerator takes place in a cramped kitchen, many owners tend to save space and build it into furniture. This is entirely permissible, but only on condition that gaps are present. There are refrigeration units, in which the compressor and the fan are located at the bottom - such devices are quite suitable for installation against the walls..