A fridge can be one of the most expensive appliances you get, so installing a new refrigerator may seem like a daunting task. You don’t want to damage or poorly install this new appliance and get left with an even bigger bill or other problems. Don’t worry with help from the appliance experts at Maydone we’ll get your new refrigerator installed and up and running in 10 easy steps!
To get you started installing a new refrigerator
All DIY installation or appliance repair processes start with preparation. That means gathering the tools you need and setting up the space where you will be working.
Why is it so important to prepare before working with appliances?
- It saves time
- Makes the effort easier
- You are working with heavy appliances so having things at hand is a must
- It can get messy when you work with appliances connected to water
- Makes the whole process less stressful
What do you need to install a new refrigerator?
- The new refrigerator
- A level to make sure everything is stable
- Measuring tape
- An adjustable wrench
- A screwdriver
- Power drill (only if you have one)
- Grounded electrical outlet for connecting to power safely
- If your fridge has a water dispenser/ice maker you’ll need a water line installation kit (they usually come with the appliance)
Step 1: Measure and Prepare the Space
Selecting the right spot for your refrigerator is crucial since it determines the size of the appliance and what you need to get it working in the chosen spot for example: you might need to add an extra power socket.
Use your measuring tape to determine the width, depth, and height of the space where the fridge will go. See how it looks with the other appliances or furniture. If you have a built-in kitchen situation measure carefully.
It helps to choose a well-ventilated area, away from heat sources like ovens and direct sunlight, to prevent damage to the appliance. Additionally, make sure there’s enough space for the fridge’s doors to open fully.
Note: For comfort, allow for at least an inch of space on all sides to allow for ventilation and easy access for cleaning.
Step 2: Choose your new refrigerator
Choosing a new appliance can be difficult with all the options available, we suggest you use these 5 factors to determine the best model for your home:
- Brand (picking from top refrigerator brands mean more reliability)
Step 3: Get rid of your old refrigerator
One of the main tasks when installing a new appliance is getting rid of the old one. You’ll need to check your local regulations.
However, there are usually numbers you can call for pick-up from the city services, days you can leave appliances at pick-up stops, or other solutions.
Here is a quick guide on how to get rid of your old appliances in the Greater Toronto Area.
Step 4: Bring the new fridge in
After you’ve made your decision and gotten rid of the old appliance it’s time to bring your new fridge home.
Note: When unboxing your new refrigerator, inspect it for any visible damage or missing parts. Make sure that all accessories, shelves, and components are included. Do all of this before installing so you can use the warranty from the store.
In some cases, it may be easier to install the refrigerator with the doors removed. Refer to your refrigerator’s manual for instructions on how to remove the entries safely.
Step 5: Position the fridge
Gently slide or roll the refrigerator into its designated spot, ensuring it’s centered and aligned with your measurements.
Positioning the fridge close to its designated spot makes it easier and less of an effort to complete the process. Remember to get someone to help if the appliance is too heavy for you or rent a trolley to help you move the appliance.
If you have a french door or side-by-side fridge, be mindful of the hinge side and the direction the doors swing open.
Step 6: Level your fridge
Place your level on top of the refrigerator and adjust the leveling feet or shims as needed to ensure the fridge is perfectly level from side to side and front to back.
A properly leveled refrigerator will help it run efficiently and prevent door sealing problems. One of the reasons refrigerators often need repairs is because of bad leveling, which can cause noises, leaks, and malfunctions.
Step 7: Connect to the water supply
If one of the features you chose for your fridge is a water dispenser or ice maker, you’ll need to connect it to a water supply.
The easiest way to do this is to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and use the water line installation kit that comes with the appliance.
Note: For safety and to prevent messes make sure to turn off the main water supply before connecting the water line.
Step 8: Connect to power
You can’t use your fridge without connecting to power so it’s time to find the most comfortable ground power source and connect your new appliance.
We suggest avoiding using an extension cord or adapter, as it may not provide sufficient power and can be a safety hazard. That’s why it’s important to measure and make sure you have a power source close enough.
Locate the power cord at the back of the refrigerator and plug it into a grounded electrical outlet.
Step 9: Set the temperature
Time to get started on using your new fridge!
We recommend following your user’s manual and the manufacturer’s suggested temperature settings to get you started. Usually, you’ll want to set the fridge compartment to around 37°F (3°C) and the freezer to 0°F (-18°C).
You can change the temperature according to your needs later on, as well.
Step 10: Stabilize and use
Almost done. After plugging in your refrigerator and setting the temperature, give it some time to stabilize. The fridge may take a few hours to reach its desired temperature, avoid opening the doors during this time.
Also, if you removed the doors earlier for installation, it’s time to reattach them so the fridge can function properly. Follow your user’s manual again and you should be fine.
What to check after installing your new refrigerator?
- All doors and drawers are properly aligned and sealed.
- The refrigerator maintains the desired temperature.
- The water supply, if applicable, is properly connected and not leaking.
These 10 steps from experts can help you successfully install a new refrigerator by yourself. Remember to read the manufacturer’s manual, it’s your best ally for this, it comes with your fridge for specific instructions and safety guidelines.
With a little patience and attention to detail, you’ll have your refrigerator up and running efficiently, keeping your food fresh and your kitchen ready to go!