I have my eyes on a refridgerator that will just barely fit in the
space where I currently have a smaller fridge.
The top of the fridge will almost touch the bottom of the cabinets
above it, and on the left and right there will be only about 1/2 inch
or so. But it will stick out a bit so there shouldn't be a problem
opening the door.
Is there any potential harm from fitting a fridge tightly into a
This depends on how/where the fridge vents/ air circulation. Many
large newer models, depending on type, vent out the bottom/ front, so
this may not be a problem. Check yours out to see if it air can get
in and out.
I believe that all the suggested minimum clearances are in the manual. I
believe that the rear clearance is the most critical as that's where the
most air movement is. Check with your manual.
I had a fridge like that, a replacement that was higher than the original.
I had to trim the cabinet about 1/4" (lucky it was along the bottom where I
just had to cut that board ......... is that a mullion ... stile .........
Anyhow, it works fine. But again, check your instructions. (when no one is
looking, of course)
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