The Kitchen Appliance Store buyers guide to built in fridge freezers
Avoid common ordering and installation errors
- Check that the furniture housing you order is compatible with the appliance.
- Do you need built in or built under?
- Make sure you fit an integrated freezer carefully following the instructions with regard to ventilation, especially when the kitchen units are fitted to the ceiling.
- Not all fridge freezer doors are reversible - please check.
- Ensure you have sufficient worktop depth for built under fridge freezers to align with your units.
Built in or
||There is often confusion about the terms |
built in and
Fridges, freezers and fridge freezers are either
built under or
Unfortunately though, a
built under fridge can also be described as
This is because it is designed to fit under a worktop, but people think of it as being
to their kitchen. It is confusing to say the least!
Both types of installation are shown here.
Do I need to
vent my appliance?
||It is vital that built in refrigeration is correctly installed and ventilated.
Here are 2 examples showing the ventilation requirements for a built in and built under products.
If the furniture is being fitted to the ceiling (i.e. with ceiling scribes), then extra care will need to be taken.
A vent in the ceiling scribe AND the plinth will be necessary to allow for the correct air-flow.
Please ask if you are unsure about any of the points mentioned above.
Integrated fridge freezers
||Fridge Freezers can be |
built under or
built in, and may or may not have a small freezer compartment
or icebox. These products are always fully integrated.
Built under Fridges and Freezers are fairly straightforward, and would normally be adjustable in
height from 820-870mm.
A fridge freezer that is designed for a tall housing can vary in height up to 1800mm. The spilt is usually
half and half (50/50) or two thirds fridge one third freezer (70/30).
The bottom freezer drawer is normally only half depth as the compressor is housed behind this area.
Frost Free integrated Fridge Freezers are available from all good manufacturers.
Fixing a Furniture Door To Your Fridge Freezer
There are two ways of fixing the furniture door.
Still not sure? Need more information? Read our frequently asked questions
call us, or click here to email us.
Slider fixings use hinges to attach the furniture door to the housing.
The door is then attached by a sliding bracket to the Freezer door.
This method often uses two sets of hinges. One set for the furniture door, and another for the actual Freezer door.
||Door On Door Fixing|
Door on door means that the furniture door is attached to the Freezer
by a bracket. The only hinges in use are those, which are part of the Freezer door itself.
This system is generally considered to be better and is slightly more expensive.
Built under Freezers are always door on door fixing as they are not installed within a cabinet
(just in between them).
If the above explanation is a bit confusing, you will normally find that our showrooms have both types
on display and the difference will become apparent once you have seen them. Alternatively just give us a call.