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I recently visited a friend who was studying in Australia. She is living in a small rented studio apartment. You know those rooms with some kitchen space and washroom, and hardly any space to put in extra appliances. I noticed that her newly mini fridge was still in the box, as she did not know where exactly to place it since the entire room was carpeted.
She asked me whether she can put a mini fridge on the carpet. Ideally, placing a refrigerator on the carpet is not recommendable. Carpets obstruct the air flowing into the condenser, which is located at the base of the fridge. In addition, carpets are known to retain heat. This will prevent the compressor and the condenser from working properly. The compressor ends up overworking, thus consuming more energy. It may even break down when it runs hot. Also, the heat can make the carpet under the fridge to fade.
If you live in tight quarters, of course, there is a way around the question of placing a mini fridge on your carpet. Read on to find the ultimate solution.
What Do You Do If There Is No Other Space to Install Your Fridge?
If you are living in tight quarters, you may not have any other choice apart from placing your fridge on your carpeted floor. If you are a studio renter, you can install your fridge on the carpet following the rules below and do a regular maintenance and safety check.
Use Something Underneath
Do not put the fridge on the carpet directly. You could place a solid wooden board, a plastic chair mat like this, or a movable adjustable base or a piece of linoleum or vinyl flooring between the carpet and the fridge. This will ensure that there is good air circulation and to keep water off the carpet. This also prevents any dents created by the fridge’s stand.
Ensure It Remains Closed
When you place the fridge on the carpet, you run the risk of the door not closing if it drags on the carpet. This will not be the case if you have taken the precaution number one of elevating the fridge by placing something underneath. Ensure the door has sufficient space to swing open and close.
Keep the Coil Cool
Normally, mini refrigerators absorb heat using a rear-cooling coil. Mostly, these coils are located at the back although some are put at the bottom of the unit. The bottom coil may not do as much as causing a fire, but it can sear the part of the carpet under the fridge. In this case, it could be convenient if you choose a fridge with rear cooling coils.
Check for Any Leaking Holes
Before placing your mini fridge on the carpet, carefully inspect for any holes that might leak. If for instance the door has some leaks, there will be a condensation build-up that can leak on the carpet and lead to the growth of mildew. To inspect properly, close the fridge door and run your hand along the edges. If you feel some escaping air, you may not want to put that fridge on your carpet.
Use a Small Rug
Sometimes, a leaky fridge is not the only problem when placing it on the carpet. The fridge can be in perfect shape but still get your carpet messed up given the spills from the drinks in the fridge. Occasionally, a broken egg can stain the area under the fridge. You can at least try to remedy the situation by place a small rug right under the space occupied by the fridge. This will absorb any accidental spills and leaks before they get to the carpet.
Your mini fridge has been sitting on the carpet for a while now, and all is fine thanks to the tips above, which you followed to the letter. That is okay. However, after every six months, you need to defrost to get rid of any ice buildups.’ Failure to defrost can cause the fridge to fail and even leak the residue ice. You do not want this to happen if your fridge is resting on the carpet.
So, Which Is the Right Place To Install Your Fridge/Freezer
The fridge has a longer life expectancy than any other kitchen appliance. Once you install it somewhere and fill it with food items, it may be a bit difficult relocating it. Thus, it is advisable to pick a pan appropriate place that will good for the long haul.
Explore your positions for fridge placement before you buy it. Ideally, the area should be cool and dry with a plug-in nearby. In addition, depending on the type of fridge that you buy, ensure that its location leaves sufficient space for a full door swing.
A fridge placed in a cool area works efficiently. On the contrary, a place with direct sun or heated space forces it overwork to maintain an ideal temperature for the interior. Of course, this will cost you more in terms of energy bills not to mention that it shortens the unit’s life expectancy.
The location of the freezer will determine the size of the fridge you will buy. If it is going to pass through narrow doorways, then you may need to buy a relatively smaller one so that it can pass through easily. Assuming you want to place it in the kitchen, measure the door space first. This way, you will then pick a size that will pass through conveniently. You do not want to get home, only to realize that the fridge will not pass through, and you have to let it stay in the living room permanently. That would be disappointing. Possible fridge locations include the kitchen, basement, laundry room, garage and even in the guest room if space is really limited.
How Do You Take Care of a Mini Fridge?
Contrary to popular belief, a mini fridge is not only a college student. It can also be used in the garage, office, and many other places to keep drinks and snacks cool. To keep it working efficiently, you have to take good care of it. Below are ways to help you take care of your mini fridge.
- Place it away from direct sunlight or any heat source such as water heater or furnace. The heat can bleach its color. If it has a freezer compartment do not put it in an unheated area where temperatures go below 60 degrees Fahrenheit. This will make the compressor run less and fail to freeze food or ice. It can also damage the fridge’s sealed system.
- In case of transportation, remember to keep the fridge in an upright position. If you keep on its side, it can easily lose its Freon and get the condenser coils damaged. If by mistake you leave it on its side, let it stay upright for several hours before turning it on. This is to allow; oil get down to the compressor.
- Ensure you place it an even surface without leaning on one side. Also, keep it away from the wall or anything that can distract the airflow. Remember that you need continuous air circulation for the cooling process to take place.
- When you first put it on, keep it at medium-cold setting so that you do not thaw or freeze the food immediately. You can adjust it to your suitability later.
- Space the items in the fridge to avoid crowding. The cold air needs room for circulation so that the food can be chilled properly.
- Clean the interior at least once a month using a solution of baking soda and warm water. Wipe the surfaces starting from the top to the bottom. Do not forget to clean the shelves.
- Still once a month, unplug it to clean the vents and coils by vacuuming. This will ensure that you remove any pet dander or dust, all of which may compromise the energy efficiency of your fridge.
- Wipe the outside part of the fridge at least once per week. Stains and handprints should be dealt with immediately.
- If you are going away for a few weeks, remove all perishable items and turn off the fridge. If you are leaving, for several months, remove all food and drinks and clean it both on the inside and outside. Place towels inside and under the fridge for 24 hours to absorb moisture. Remember to remove the towels before traveling.
- If you have an alternative, do not place your fridge on the carpet. Carpets are known to hold the heat, and this make the compressor to work for longer periods using more energy. This can even make it break down. However, if you do not have any space without a carpet, you can use a piece of linoleum and place it in between the fridge and the carpet.
- Avoid using extension cords as some could run inadequate voltage, cause inefficiency of the compressor, and finally cause breakdowns.
- Do not pull or drag it whether it is on a bare floor or on a carpeted floor. Devise ways of moving it from one position to the other without pulling or dragging.
Can you place a wine cooler on the carpet?
It is recommended to avoid placing wine coolers on any type of carpet. While some argue that placing it on a carpet protects the hardwood floor from being damaged, wine spills on the carpets could be more disastrous considering the smell, cleaning and mildew formation.
Is it safe to keep a fridge in the bedroom?
Avoid keeping your fridge in the bedroom. Imagine the heat from the condenser as well as the noise emitted. In addition, whenever you need any repairs, forget about the privacy in your bedroom.
Can I buy a new freezer for my apartment?
Individual apartment communities have their own restrictions for purchasing or installing new appliances. Always check with your landlord before you buy a new upright freezer or icebox.
How do I prevent my freezer from damaging the carpet?
Freezers that are placed on carpets can often cause moisture damage. You can prevent this by ventilating the area, using a drip pan, and placing a moisture absorber near the freezer’s main vent.