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Does the refrigerator work harder and use more electricity when sitting on plush & thickly padded wall-to-wall carpet? (coils and heat are on bottom)

Kenmore 2007
bottom is 27" x 32", vents across 32" front of bottom, model numbers on manual include 10676233402
I see a metal sheet with a scattering of openings on the bottom of the refrigerator.
Question 1. "Will more electricity be used and/or the compressor work harder and fail sooner because of the plush carpet reducing ventilation under the refrigerator?
Question 2. How hot can it really get and will that affect the efficiency and life of the refrigerator?
Put another way, will I save money on electricity and make the refrigerator last longer by putting a hard surface under the refrigerator?
And how hot can it get on the bottom of the refrigerator if it is sitting on a thickly padded plush carpet?

Note: A Kenmore Salesman said the heat could be too much for the nice new carpet and padding. I will decide what to think about the Kenmore Salesman's concern for the carpet once I know how hot it can get and I talk to the carpet company.

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Lyle W
It is not recommended to place the refrigerator on carpet. This unit is designed to be placed on a tile floor. Placing the unit on carpet will reduce the normal air flow needed to properly cool the machine compartment at the bottom of the refrigerator. Proper air flow and cooling of the condenser and compressor are essential for the operation and efficiency of the refrigerator. Poor ventilation airflow can reduce the life span of the compressor. I recommend that you pull up the carpet at the location where you want to position the refrigerator and lay down a section of tile.
by Lyle W Earned 2,989 community points in Kenmore
May 28th, 2010
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