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Minimum space around fridge - Kitchen
this post was [b]edited[/b]leah010 writes...Manufacturers are recommending 20mm space each side whereas I will only have 5mm each side.You will find that this is the minimum recommended space, more than the minimum recommended space would not be a problem but any less and you risk / will be voiding your warranty.How important is the side space, given that I have double the recommended space at the back, plus a gap behind the cupboard above for ventilation?Whilst the additional space at the back and behind the cupboard is great, the space around the fridge is equally important as this is where cooler air is intended to be drawn from. You may also find that condensation may form in such a small gap.I have had conflicting advice from salespeople about whether I can/should do this.Follow the manufacturers recommendations, after all it is the manufacturers warranty that you will be claiming against, in the event of a claim. Sales people will tell you anything for a sale then forget about you when the problems start, anyway they will just deny having said anything of the sort and leave you holding the bundle.Has anyone else put their fridge into a space this tight and what happened?A friend of mine did this some years back when fridges were built to a better quality standard, within 2 years his compressor burnt out. The extended warranty he purchased at the time turned out to be a waste of money, his warranty claim was denied due to not having followed the manufacturers recommendations.My dilemma is that the kitchen cabinets were only built about 7 years ago, and I really don't want to have to have it redone just to fit in a new fridge, but the next size down is not going to be big enough now that we have a family.Get a cabinetmaker in and show him what the problem is, he may be able to help or suggest a way to achieve your goal without re-doing your kitchen. He may be able to add some filler panels or rework some other aspect without the need to re-do your whole kitchen.