New fridge might not fit under cabinets


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Old 09-15-20, 03:54 PM
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New fridge might not fit under cabinets

Hi, we purchased a new fridge and it turns out we had miscalculated the height of the model at the store. Turns out it is around less than an inch taller than the spot we intended to place it. The height of our current fridge is 65 inches tall and the bottom of the cabinet to the floor is around 66 9/16inches (space where original fridge sits). The new model is actually around 67.5 inches. Is there any way around this problem, as in are fridges able to lower in height just a tiny bit on the foot or could the fridge be placed at a spot other than the original kitchen space designed for fridges (as long as there is a plug nearby)? Thanks for the help
 
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Old 09-15-20, 04:05 PM
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Refrigerators can be adjusted in height but the minimum height is listed in its dimensions. If its 67.5", that is the minimum height. I dont know if the "feet" can be removed from appliances like this but I would suspect about an ich or so is all you'll get out of it..... and I am not sure that the appliance sitting flat on the floor is a good idea. I am sure some of the more experienced appliance guys here can confirm or disprove my theory.

Good luck.
 
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Old 09-15-20, 04:08 PM
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This is why they list the refrigerator sizes in the specifications.
 
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Old 09-15-20, 04:43 PM
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Many fridges have rollers in the back and feet in the front. It would be doubtful you could gain an inch. I'm guessing you could remove the rollers and the feet but you'd not be able to slide the fridge.
 
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Old 09-16-20, 05:13 AM
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Your only choice is to trim the bottom of the cabinet if enough material is available or remove cabinet. It can be replaced with a smaller unit.
Consider yourself lucky, at least you can remove the cabinet with minimal work. I had to actually hire a stone mason to trim and cut my new granite counter top, relocate my corner cabinet and adjust the new flooring to accommodate the shift in cabinet location. My fridge was 1/4 inch bigger than my opening. Checking before hand said everything checked out dimensional wise. But nothing is perfect.

Yes you can relocate you fridge. It does not have to be in the place designated for it.
 
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Old 09-16-20, 05:59 AM
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trim the bottom of the cabinet if enough material is available
My last neighbor did this. I am overly surprised that they did, because they are very picky about design, appearance, decor, etc. We had to trim about 3/8" as his appliance was about 1/4" to tall.
I gotta say, I dont think its something that I would do.

We got a new fridge about 5 years ago & it was about 1/8" too wide even by the time I took the trim out. I wasnt happy even with that. The appliance store came back picked it up & gave us a refund. They weren't happy about it but from a customer relations stand point, they did it. We recently bought a new freezer from them partially because of that. So, in short, just see if the appliance store will let you return it & get another model.... your 2nd choice. IMO, its the best choice all the way around. Although it is option......just personally, I wouldn't alter my cabinets to fit a fridge when you have other options.
 
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Old 09-16-20, 06:17 AM
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just personally, I wouldn't alter my cabinets to fit a fridge when you have other options.
At first glance this sounds like the proper thing to do.
So why did I alter my countertop, cabinet and floor? Because todays appliances are getting bigger and sooner or later you will need to buy another fridge and you will face the same problem. Fix it now and you're set for the future.
And in some cases you don't have another option of relocating the appliance. It has to go in that particular spot.
 
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