For some, getting a new refrigerator can be exciting. For others, however, all of the research, shopping and deliberating on which new refrigerator to purchase can be exhausting and stressful. You may think the job is complete once your new fridge arrives at your home. Unfortunately, the next task is just as important as choosing the fridge in the first place. Below are some things homeowners should consider doing when their new fridge is delivered.
1. Inspect Thoroughly
As with any huge delivery, you will want to inspect the fridge thoroughly for any issues or missing pieces before you take the time to install it. If you can, check out the fridge as much as possible before you sign for the delivery. If it is damaged in any way or missing any pieces, refused to sign for the shipment on the spot. Once the fridge is left with you, it will be much more difficult to prove that you did not cause the damage yourself.
2. Determine If Extension Cord Is Necessary
When comparing fridges, you may have already determined if the cord length is long enough for your home. If the length is a problem, you may have to use an extension cord to reach the outlet. When it comes to a large appliance such as a refrigerator, you need to use the correct type of extension cord. Some cords are meant to be used specifically with large appliances that require a significant amount of amps so the appliance can work properly.
3. Let It Air Out Before Using
Once you have the fridge settled in place and plugged in, leave the doors open for a little while. Allow the unit to cool down before putting any food or drinks inside. Letting it air out for a while will get rid of the new fridge smell that most people do not like when using brand new appliances. Even though the smell is caused by the sterilization of the unit before shipment and is harmless, most homeowners do not enjoy the smell. Keep an eye out for any leaking inside the unit. If you have an ice maker and it is leaking, consider having a plumbing company check it out. Conrad Martens Hot Water
technicians can check to ensure there are no clogs in the system.
4. Read The Manufacturer's Instructions
When getting your new fridge set up and ready to be used, it is important to fully read the instructions that came from the manufacturer. Never assume they are complete or correct because some manufacturers like to limit their liability in the event there is something wrong with their products. Be sure you understand how all the features work before using your fridge for the first time. Similar to a puzzle, you need to know how all the pieces will interact with each other before you fill it with your groceries.
5. Set The Dials
After you let the fridge air out and get cold, it is time to set the dials for the fridge and freezer. It is important to check the settings to ensure they are not at the highest level or the lowest. You do not want to end up with food that is spoiled or frozen in the fridge. Because some of the compartments in the fridge will have to take up to 24 hours to reach their temperature settings, it is important to hold off on grocery shopping until the day after installation.
6. Adjust The Shelving
With newer fridges
, there are often various configuration options for the baskets and shelves that come with the unit. Think about how you like to store your food and drinks and map out a shelf plan that will make sense for your family. Be sure one of the shelves has enough depth to it for your drink pitchers to stand up. Do not put too much stock into how the shelving is set up at first. In time, you can change the shelves around to better meet your needs.
These are just some important tips to take into consideration for installing your fridge properly. Whenever you are in doubt, it can be useful to hire the help of professionals to install the unit for you.