Why your fridge shouldn’t be level

Is your refrigerator perfectly level? Well you may be surprised to learn that it shouldn’t be. Keep your refrigerator running smoothly and prevent ice build-up with this quick tech tutorial.

Your refrigerator should be tilted slightly backwards (the front should be a little higher than the back). If it is tilted correctly, the front doors should close by themselves when they are opened to less than 90 degrees. If your refrigerator isn’t tilted correctly, the doors may not shut automatically, which can contribute to problems with humidity and ice build-up or can lead to a hefty power bill if accidentally left open. An incorrectly levelled fridge can also cause problems with defrost cycles and draining and, if it has an icemaker, it may fail to function.

Most manufacturers recommend having the front of the fridge 0.5 to 1.2cm higher than the back; with this balance the front doors should close by themselves, sealing shut, but without slamming loudly. To get this balance right, you should be able to adjust the front legs of your fridge. The way of doing this will vary from model to model, so if you still have the manual, try and find it to see what it says. Adjustments can usually be made by removing the grille at the front of the fridge, then rotating the legs or screws. Make sure that you have someone helping out with this and holding the fridge steady, leaning it up off the ground.

If you can’t find your fridge’s manual, you will probably be able to find a digital copy at ManualsOnline.

Written by ryanbo

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