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How much clearance is needed around the refrigerator?

by Manage My Life Last activity date:
September 5th, 2007

I have an older home with a cupboard over the fridge which is not level -- 65 1/2" one side, 66" other. The space is 32 wide and I need a new fridge and want to make sure I get one that will fit. How should I measure my space to be sure that a new refrigerator will fit?

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To ensure proper ventilation for your refrigerator, allow for 1/2" (1.25 CM) space on each side and at the top. When installing your refrigerator next to a fixed wall, leave 2" (5.08 CM) minimum on each side (depending on your model) to allow for the door to swing open.

If your refrigerator has an ice maker, allow extra space at the back for the water line connections.

NOTE: Do not install the refrigerator near an oven, radiator, or other heat source, nor in a location where the temperature will fall below 55°F (13°C).

Make your height measurement from the lowest portion of your cupboard down to the floor.

From the measurements you indicated it sounds like the maximum size refrigerator would be 65" high and 30" wide.

You can log onto and view all the refrigerators with the width, depth and heights of them, plus the opening requirements.
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