Installation TipsYour new appliance arrives from AJ Madison, and you want to install it yourself. Though it’s good to get in the “DIY” spirit, in order to properly install the appliance, you must follow certain guidelines and, better yet, actually know what you’re doing. Fortunately, we’re here to bring you some tips and information on how to properly install your appliance.
For some appliances, you’re not going to be able to do everything yourself. If you’re missing a gas or water line for a range or refrigerator/freezer, you’re going to have to call a plumber or piping professional. If your kitchen doesn’t meet the electrical requirements of a specific appliance or you need to “hard-wire” something, you’ll have to call an electrician. There are certain things you just cannot do on your own and are better left to an expert. Safety should be your greatest concern during the time of installation.
Measure Your Space:
Measure the actual space your appliance will be fitting into before purchasing to make sure it will fit. Under the product profiles on our site, check for an Installation Guide to give you the minimum space you will need. For refrigerators, you need to allow at least an inch on all sides for air clearances, so your refrigerator has enough venting to work properly. Also, be sure to measure the doors, entryways and hallways the refrigerator will have to travel through to get to its final destination.
Check for a Water or Gas Line:
If the refrigerator you are purchasing has a water dispenser and/or ice maker, then you will need to make sure you have water line where you want to place the refrigerator. If you’re installing a gas range or cooktop, you’re going to need a gas line with an emergency shut-off valve. The valve is required by law.
Allow for Door Swing:
Refrigerators either open to the right or the left, and you can find the door swing information on the product page. Make sure wherever you place the refrigerator, you have the space available to open the door to the full extent and allow space for hinges and leveling. If installing a bottom-mount refrigerator, be sure to leave room for the freezer drawer(s).
It may sound like a silly suggestion to measure door swing depth with an oven (either a stand-alone or on a range), but your kitchen might be significantly cramped for space. Make sure the door (or doors) on your oven(s) are able to open and stop at a complete 90 degree angle, creating a flat surface between you and the oven cavity.