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MICHAEL MURRAY

What is the clearance needed on sides and top of French door refrigerator?

I bought a Kenmore 25.0cu ft French door refrigerator model no:7160 and want to know how much clearance it needs on the sides and top for air flow if installed in enclosed(back and two sides) cabinet and where are the measurements taken from the top of cabinet or the top of door hinge?

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Lyle W
James R. provided a link for a previous answer on a similar model of refrigerator that recommends 1" of clearance on each side and 2" at the top. You will need to have at least 2" of clearance behind the refrigerator as well. The direction in the owner's manual for your exact model does not specify a precise clearance on the top and sides of the refrigerator. That section of the owner's manual is shown in the image below. Here is a link for the entire manual in case you need it:

Owner's Manual

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Although the manual does not specify an exact clearance on the top and sides, I recommend that you have the 1" on each side and the 2" on top. The top clearance should be above the cabinet on this model (not necessarily the door hinge). You will need to make sure that the cabinet enclosure will accommodate the refrigerator including the door hinges at the top. Keep in mind that you will need to leave room for the doors to swing out when they open as well.

I hope that this information helps. If you need more assistance, reply with additional details and we will try help you further.
by Lyle W Earned 2,989 community points in Kenmore
March 23rd, 2011
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Manage My Life
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March 22nd, 2011
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