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How to install a fridge freezer

Find out how to install a fridge freezer with this quick and helpful guide

If you’ve just got a new fridge freezer, it’ll need installing properly before you can begin to chill your groceries. In just 6 quick and easy steps, you’ll have your new appliance set up and ready to go.

Before you start

Don’t dive in straight away. If the fridge freezer has just arrived and has been laid flat on its way to you, it’ll need to stand upright for around 4 hours to ensure that it runs as it should when everything is set up. If it’s been transported upright, you’ll only need to wait 30 minutes until you can get stuck in. While you’re waiting, you could always give everything a quick wipe down with soapy water, just in case there’s any dust lying around. Rinse away with plain water and you’ll have a sparklingly clean appliance for all your food and drinks to live in. Keep in mind that if your new fridge freezer has a water or ice dispenser, you’ll need to get your hands on a plumbing installation kit to help you get everything hooked up properly. It’s also worth having a screwdriver close by.

Moving in

Move your appliance towards its new home. Not completely in the space as you’ll need a bit of room to attach everything shortly. Gently wiggle into place – be careful with your flooring. If your fridge freezer comes with a water or ice dispenser, make sure it’s no more than 1.5 metres away from your cold water supply which is normally near the sink.

External water filter

Turn off the water supply at the valve near the sink to avoid any leaks while you’re connecting up. If you’re using an external water filter, stand it upright beside the water supply. Now, with the tubing in the plumbing installation kit we mentioned earlier, secure one end to the water supply valve near the sink and the other to the external filter. If it helps, cut the tube to size and then secure it into place using the nuts from the kit. Now you can attach the other end of the filter to the water valve on the fridge freezer. This may be hiding behind a cover, so you may need to use that screwdriver to get to it. As before, use the nuts to firmly attach the tubing then put the cover on the back of the fridge.

Internal water filter

It’s a little bit simpler if your appliance has an internal water filter. Simply connect one end of the tubing to the water valve in your kitchen and the other end to the back of the appliance.

Plug in and switch on

Now that everything is attached, you can turn on the water supply and plug in the appliance. Don’t worry if you hear a small burst of water when it’s turned on, it’s completely normal.

Let it run

For a long-lasting appliance that works as it should, leave some space at the back for ventilation when you’re moving it into its place. Before you use the dispenser, let the water or ice flow for 2-3 minutes then pour away. This just cleans out the pipework and will give you cool, fresh drinks every time. Before you add your groceries, let the fridge freezer reach its perfect temperature for about 2 hours. All done!

DIY not your thing?

If you’re looking for a new fridge freezer and don’t fancy installing it yourself, we’re happy to do all the work for you! For more information, check out our installation page.