Refrigerator space requirements for alcove

Old 08-09-09, 08:03 PM
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Refrigerator space requirements for alcove

Hi Folks - Working on remodeling my kitchen and I'd like to construct an alcove to sit the refrigerator back into. Not just cabinets, but full walls on both sides. Other that size requirements to actually *fit* the fridge, are there any consideration needed for proper cooling of the coils in the rear? I actually have plenty of room to work with in the rear : there will be about 6-10" clearance from coils to wall. I plan to make a 'fascia' flush to the top of the 'fridge in the front. In the rear I considered putting a grated piece of paneling (this is a drop ceiling basement kitchen by the way). My father was the one to raise concern about heat, and added that the grating above the refrigerator may cause drafts to be drawn down from the central air. Any thoughts? Is it necessary to provide a path for heat to escape? Most draw air from the front anyway correct? In case you're wondering i don't have the new refrigerator to reference an owners/install. manual. Thanks! Jamie
Old 08-10-09, 04:52 AM
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Hi slipnfall,

If you don't have the owners manual, try to get the online manual (all the manufacturers have) or contact the manufacturer by phone or email
The clearance is important and, depending of the brand / model, can be a problem or not
For example, most of Frigidaire models need a side / top clearance of 2 to 3 inches (at least), however, the new GE models don't need side and top clearance, because they get the vent system under the fridge--> in this case, you just need the "legs" clearance

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