Refrigerator Installation – How to Properly Install a Refrigerator

All Temp Air Conditioning & Refrigeration make installing a refrigerator a relatively easy home project that can save you money. To start, follow the manufacturer’s instructions.


The first step is to locate a water supply line to tap into. Look under kitchen cabinets and in the basement to find copper tubing, if needed. Then, locate the self-adhesive water tube clamps and attach them to the tubing.

Before choosing a refrigerator, it is important to know the size of the space in which it will be placed. Many modern fridges are designed to be modular, with removable drawers and shelves that can be removed to adjust the interior size. Use a tape measure to accurately determine your available refrigerator space’s height, width, and depth. That will help you determine which models can fit in your home.

When measuring your refrigerator space, take measurements from three different locations. Alcove openings are not always perfectly square and level so the measurements may vary slightly. The smallest of the three measurements represents the maximum size of a refrigerator that will fit in your kitchen.

Similarly, when measuring the height of your refrigerator space, remember to account for the thickness of the door hinges and any protruding features. Also, ensure you allow room for the doors to open fully and avoid blocking a main entrance into your kitchen. Also, remember that some refrigerators require at least 1 inch of space on each side for ventilation.

You should also consider the route that the refrigerator will have to travel from the delivery truck to its place of installation. It is best to map out a path that avoids tight turns, narrow hallways, and stairs as much as possible. That will ensure that the fridge can be maneuvered into place without any problems. If you install the refrigerator in an existing alcove, remove any shelves that could get in the way of the door hinges when closed. You should also consider the size of any built-in shelves, which can also obstruct the refrigerator’s door hinges.

Whether having your refrigerator delivered or taking it home yourself, you should remove all packing materials and cardboard from the box before installing it. That will allow you to inspect the appliance for any damage or scratches that may have occurred during shipping. If you notice any major issues, you can address them with the retailer or manufacturer before proceeding with the installation process.

It is important to remember that refrigerators require plenty of space to operate properly. Ensure there is enough room in your kitchen for the fridge, doorway, and hallway leading up to the installation space. If not, you can remove doors to create a wider access point.

Another important consideration is the air gap. Always ensure the gap is as wide as the manufacturer recommends to provide proper ventilation and allow the refrigerator to disperse heat efficiently.

Once the refrigerator is unpacked, you can assemble the support system and connect it to the power outlet and water line (if applicable). Wear gloves when handling the refrigerator, as it is heavy and will likely be covered in plastic packaging. You will also want to place a drop cloth or cardboard on the floor to protect it from damage during installation.

Drain the tubing connected to the refrigerator by placing the open end into a bucket or sink. This step is necessary to prevent leaks and ensure the fridge can be properly charged with refrigerant. Then, you can plug in the refrigerator and adjust its temperature settings, as described in your owner’s manual.

The next step in refrigerator installation is to assemble the support system, which includes the refrigerator stand and the refrigerator’s mounting clips. It is important to ensure the fridge is properly stabilized on its frame to ensure the unit stays level and does not damage the food items inside. Once the refrigerator is stable, the ground power cord should be connected and tested. The temperature settings should also be adjusted to ensure they are not too low or too high.

Finally, it is important to clear the area where the refrigerator will be installed and remove any furniture or other objects that could interfere with the installation process. It is also helpful to ensure that the ventilation areas are not obstructed, as this will help ensure that the refrigerator is well-ventilated and operates efficiently.

Refrigerator installation may seem daunting, but it is a relatively simple process if you take the proper steps and follow all necessary precautions. By measuring the space accurately, preparing the flooring, and carefully unpacking the refrigerator, you can be confident that your new fridge will be safely and successfully installed. You can quickly enjoy chilled beverages and foods with the right precautions and preparation! Best of all, it is a great way to save money on your grocery bill! Following these simple tips, you can enjoy a refrigerator that will keep your food and drinks cold and fresh for years.

If you want your refrigerator to have an ice maker or water dispenser, you’ll need to install a water line. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions, and ensure the water supply valve is turned off before starting.

If necessary, run a water line test by turning on the faucet and running a few gallons down the drain to ensure no leaks. That will also help you identify any problems that need to be addressed, such as a loose fitting or faulty connection.

Locate the saddle valve, typically installed on the ceiling beneath your kitchen or in the basement. It can be connected to your copper or PEX water line using the compression fittings included in a water line installation kit (if applicable).

Determine the best path for the water line, considering its proximity to the refrigerator, any obstacles it may encounter, and aesthetic considerations. If you need to route the cable through walls or cabinets, use a drill with a hole saw attachment to cut a clean hole in the wall or cabinet.

Prepare the water line by cutting off rough edges or burrs with a utility knife if needed. If you are using plastic tubing, you may need to sand the end of the tubing down or remove any corrosion from the connectors. That will help to prevent any future water line issues.

Connect the tubing to the saddle valve and the water inlet valve on the refrigerator’s back. Tighten the nut with an adjustable wrench to secure the connection, but don’t over-tighten. A Shark Bite T connector will attach to both the cut end of the tubing and the water line inlet on the fridge.

When properly adjusted, refrigerator temperature settings will keep your food fresh and safe, reducing the risk of bacteria growth and illness. However, many people need help changing their refrigerator to the right temperature and may waste food or money.

If you need to check if your refrigerator has the correct temperature, check it by placing a thermometer in each refrigerator and freezer compartment. Typically, your refrigerator should have a colder setting and a warmer location in the freezer. However, your refrigerator’s temperatures can vary depending on the environment where it is located, so it may be necessary to make small adjustments and wait 24 hours between each to ensure the results are accurate.

Next, you must reinstall the water valve by connecting it to the refrigerator frame. First, remove the back cover to expose the two self-adhesive water tube clamps and peel away the paper backing. Place the tubing into the openings of the clamps, then press firmly to ensure they’re securely attached. Then, reinstall the back cover.

You’ll also need to reinstall the tee fitting adapter by connecting it to the refrigerator feed port and tightening it with a wrench. Finally, you’ll need to reconnect the shutoff valve by turning it clockwise until it is tight.

Once the water line is connected, you can test the refrigerator for proper cooling using a thermometer in each refrigerator compartment. The ideal refrigerator temperature range is 32oF – 40oF (0oC – 4.4oC). Make any necessary adjustments, and give the refrigerator time to stabilize. Once the temperature and settings are stable, you’ll be ready to enjoy your new refrigerator!