Need a helping hand when buying your new built-under fridge? Well here’s a quick guide to some of the more common questions.
What features can I get with a built-under fridge?
One feature you’ll find across most built-under fridges is a reversible door. It means you can adjust the fridge to the layout of your kitchen and hinge the door on either side, giving you more flexibility with where you place it.
It’s worth looking out for auto-defrost too. It stops ice from building up in the fridge, which not only saves you time, but it also means the fridge will run more efficiently, saving you on energy.
Anti-bacterial protection is another added bonus. Thanks to this feature, you’ll have a safer environment to store your food in as it reduces the build-up of bacteria – especially from food lurking in the corner that you may have forgotten about…
How much will a built-under fridge cost me?
While the actual installation of a fridge is simple (all you need to do is plug it in) there are a few things you need to keep in mind before you buy one.
First off, fridges need to work in an ambient temperature. In most cases, it’s not advised you place a fridge in a garage or any colder environments as it’ll severely affect the efficiency of the fridge.
Fridges need ventilation too. They don’t need loads, but it’s something worth checking. You’ll often find they just need a couple of centimetres around the fridge to give it room to ventilate. If you don’t, it can cause the compressor to struggle, which will cost you more on your electricity bills. Always check the dimensions of the product and make sure the space you’re fitting it into has enough room and a little extra so it can ‘breathe’, so to speak.
And while it’s tempting to get all your food stored away when your new fridge arrives, it’s strongly advised you let it stand for a bit first and let gases settle. The amount of time a fridge needs to stand for varies, but you can usually look at between 4-6 hours.