1. Measure Your Space
Measure the height, width and depth of your new refrigerator.
W: side to side
Add 3 3/4" minimum space to the hinged side and 1/2" to the non-hinged side for door clearance and airflow. Remember side-by-side refrigerators have hinges on both sides, so you will need to allow 3 3/4" on each side.
D: back to front
Add 1/2" to back. Allow extra space at back for water lines if model has an icemaker or water dispenser.
H: top to bottom
Add 1/2" to top.
Measure the height, width and depth of the refrigerator cutout space in your kitchen.
Entrance & Doorways
Measure the size of the doorways, hallways and other points of entry you?ll need to pass through when you bring in your new refrigerator.
2. Decide What Type
Benefits: This configuration allows for easy storage of bulky or wide items.
Access: Fresh food is at eye level - a great option if fresh items are used more frequently, and stooping to reach products is difficult.
Size: Capacities range from 18.5 - 25 cu. ft.
Benefits: Vertical storage space creates a wide range of freezer capacity options.
Access: The narrower doors make food items easier to access in tight kitchen spaces.
Size: Capacities average
25 cu. ft.
Benefits: This traditional refrigerator type is a great value, and is available with unique features such as flexible beverage dispensers.
Access: Frozen food is at eye level - a great option if frozen items are purchased more frequently.
Size: Capacities range from 14.4 - 22 cu. ft.
3. Additional Considerations
Evaluate the Features
Ice and water dispensers provide cool, fresh water and ice whenever you need it.
Keep your water fresh and sparkly with a new water filter designed for your fridge.
Upgraded Sound Insulation
Keep your refrigerator running quiet with more sound insulation that dampens buzzing, rattling and other noises.
Get a premium look that lasts with a stainless steel finish.
Smudge-Free Finishes (Universal Silver)
Keep your refrigerator looking clean.
Choose Your Accessories
Keep your water fresh by changing your refrigerator?s water filter every six months.
Cleaners & Deodorizers
Find a range of cleaning products made especially for your appliance.
Your refrigerator is one of the few appliances in your home that runs all day, but the cost of use is a factor that many people forget to consider. An older or inefficient refrigerator uses more energy, meaning a new refrigerator can actually save you money.
Aging refrigerators work harder - and cost more - to operate as refrigerants and seals degrade over time. [Source: http://energystar.gov] Units made before 1999 may not meet current Department of Energy usage guidelines. Some bottom-freezer refrigerators consume less energy than a 60-watt bulb.
Pick a Color and Finish
Most models are available in several colors:
black, stainless steel and white.