Have you just bought a new fridge freezer and now you’re wondering how to install it? Or maybe you do know how to install it, but still, you wonder if there is something important you should know prior to putting it to use? First, you are a responsible homeowner for thinking like this. And second, don’t worry, installing a fridge freezer is just as easy as you might think. The Fantastic Services’ team is here to answer a few of your questions regarding your new appliance. Starting with the most imperative one – how to install a fridge freezer?

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This article is for all of you who:

  • Have recently bought a new fridge freezer;
  • Have a few questions about its installation and first-time usage.

How to install a fridge freezer

Time needed: 30 minutes.

So, let’s assume your new fridge freezer has just been delivered and is currently standing on your doorstep. Now what? In short, do as you would with any other appliance.

  1. Remove the packaging.

    Get a cutting knife, or a nice pair of scissors and dispose of all the packaging. You’ll have to remove the cardboard box, the styrofoam and any nylon around your fridge freezer. Don’t forget to remove the sticky tape on the inside. It’s been put there to keep the inner panels in place during transportation, and now that the appliance is at its destination, you don’t need it anymore.

  2. Prepare the plug.

    The plug of your new fridge freezer would be neatly packed at the back of the fridge. Unwrap it, so it is ready to be plugged into the socket. You could pull the cord and tape it to the side of the fridge, so it’s unwrapped, but also doesn’t dangle to the side and no one could trip on it. 

  3. Move the fridge into place.

    Now it’s time to place the fridge on its designated spot in the kitchen (or any other room of your choosing). You will need a helper to safely move it. It’s not difficult to simply slide the fridge on the floor. If the fridge is supposed to go up or down the stairs, you and your helper will need working gloves or and lifting straps. Moving a heavy appliance up or downstairs is dangerous, and not recommended to be done by anyone. Instead, leave this job to the delivery team if possible.

  4. Balance the feet.

    Once the refrigerator is at its designated spot, it’s time to balance the feet, so it’s nice and level. Insert a flat blade screwdriver into the levelling feet slot and turn clockwise for raising and counterclockwise for lowering the refrigerator. Remember, the front should be half a centimetre higher than the rear.

  5. Fill the water dispenser.

    Finally, if your refrigerator has a water dispenser, you’ll have to fill it with water before it can dispense through the door. The reservoir is located behind your meat pan in the refrigerator compartment.

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FAQ after installing a new fridge freezer

And, here are the most common questions our professional team has been asked regarding the installation of a new fridge freezer.

How long do you have to leave a new fridge freezer before using it?

Every refrigerator is full of fluid, which cools the compartments. When in transit, your appliance gets shaken around and the fluid needs some time to settle after the installation. How long it takes before you can use your fridge will depend on how it’s been transported. If the fridge freezer was transported upright, it might need to rest for an hour. If it was transported on its side, it might need up to four hours. Ask your delivery person about it.

How long does it take for a new fridge freezer to get cold?

Every fridge is different. Some models need no more than 2 hours until they reach the right temperature for food storing, while others might need a whole day. Find information about this in your manufacturer’s manual. It’s recommended to follow the instructions and not to store food until the appropriate time has passed.

When can I put food in my new fridge freezer?

Once the appropriate time for settling has passed (4 hours if the fridge was transported on its side, or one hour if it’s been transported upright), and you had your fridge turned on between 2 and 24 hours, you can store food. According to research, a refrigerator is ready for use once the interior has reached 4 degrees C and the freezer is at -18 degrees C.

Related: How to Clean a Fridge in Less than an Hour

Do you need an appliance repairman?

Now you know how to install a fridge freezer all by yourself. It’s not that difficult, is it? All you need is a good friend to help with moving it and you’re done. Refrigerators usually have up to 10 years of warranty, so you probably won’t have a problem with your new appliance for a long time. Getting a new fridge is wonderful, but what happened to your old one? Was it too old, or did it stop working all of a sudden? If you’re experiencing issues with your refrigerator, you could always call up a reliable repairman with  Fantastic Services. You’ll even get priceless maintenance tips that would extend the lifespan of your appliance.

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Takeaways

  • To install a new fridge, you’ll need a helper and lifting straps to move it to its designated spot;
  • If you need to move the fridge up or downstairs, don’t attempt to do it on your own. Look for professional help instead;
  • The refrigerator needs some time to sit before you turn it on. Usually, it needs 4 hours, if it was transported on its side and 1 hour if it was transported upright;
  • After switching it on, the fridge freezer needs between 2 and 24 hours until it’s ready to store food;
  • The appropriate temperature for storing food is 4 degrees C in the fridge and -18 degrees C in the freezer.

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Have you ever installed a fridge freezer by yourself? Or did you call up a professional to do it for you? Tell us in the comment section below!

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