You’re not always going to have the luxury of placing your refrigerator anywhere you want it around the house (which also includes the kitchen).
When you have only tight spaces to work with around the kitchen, and the most structurally sound area you can think of is right next to the oven, what should you do?
Should you proceed and make the oven a contrasting neighbor of the refrigerator, or should you not, because you fear some serious consequences might crop up along the way?
As far as placing a refrigerator right next to an oven is concerned, it’s absolutely possible, but only when the owner’s manual of both the oven and the refrigerator (or any of the two), concords with the idea.
When there’s a special warning issued out by the manufacturer against the side by side placement of both appliances in the kitchen, it’s better to err on the side of caution and avoid succumbing to such practice.
Below, we discuss some of the reasons why a manufacturer might issue out this warning in the owner’s manual of their product.
We’ll also discuss the most practical solutions for installing modern fridge’s and ovens side by side when the manufacturers of both appliance agree to such practice, and to conclude, you’ll see some of the best areas around the kitchen to consider for installing a refrigerator.
Why some manufacturers don’t want their fridges right next to an oven.
The insulation problem
Every quality electronic snapped up from the local store nowadays has an owner’s manual slid into the bottom of the cardboard packaging.
And these aren’t there for you to just pick up, skim through and toss under the bed until forever comes knocking, or to pad into them your shallow intuition and ideas, or adjust them to your preference and liking, rather, they are there to guide you on the best practices for using the electronic which will guarantee its proper working and functionality and also maximize its efficiency for the stipulated duration of time, to mention but a few.
When a refrigerator’s manual, for example the one from metos kitchen intelligence, says no to the practice of installing a refrigerator close to an oven, it could be because the lining of insulation between the interior and exterior of the fridge can no longer be relied upon for the purpose of insulation the very moment ambient temperatures begin to exceed normal room temperature.
So placing the fridge right next to a oven which is consistently put to use can make it’s inside hotter than normal, which can cause the compressor to run a bit more frequently and hard, which can subsequently birth direct consequences in both energy consumption and longevity of the device.
The consequence of increased power consumption is usually felt the most with old fridges rather than modern ones, since these weren’t built to be highly efficient as new technology fridges are.
In flexible design parameters and features
Another reason why a manufacturer might be against the common practice of keeping a fridge side by side with a domestic oven might be because the design parameters, components, units, and other in built functionalities were never implemented to operate at temperatures any higher or lower than room temperature in the first place. So operating them in this zone, might severely impart on their effectiveness and efficiency with continued usage, which can cause the device to break down sooner than expected.
Of course, if you somehow use your domestic oven less frequently, you can always manage to extend the already deteriorating lifespan of the fridge a bit more, but that wouldn’t still lower its possibility of breaking down sooner than expected.
Mid quality fridge
When a fridge is slapped with the mid or low quality badge (we normally do that, manufacturers never seem to do so), you know exactly what it means don’t you? So when such kind of fridges explicitly state on their manuals that you shouldn’t place them near a domestic oven, don’t be stubborn and go against the advice, just follow the instruction diligently. The manufacturer knows exactly what they employed for the construction process, the reliability of each unit or component, and how far each component or the fridge as a whole can perform under stress, you don’t!
They’re only looking out for the fridge
Aside all this, it could be the case that the manufacturer is only after the aesthetics and visible health of your fridge. Constant splatter, jumping sizzles from vexing oil, flying solutions of oven cleaners during cleaning, and all grime and gunk associated with oven usage which can be transferred to the nearby surface of a fridge can all contribute to the deterioration of its final aesthetics, and no manufacturer would ever beat their chest and call that their 2 years of hardwork! And liewiae, no manufacturer would ever issue out warranty to such implication.
When a manufacturer says you should, here is how to properly do it.
Some manufacturers never make it a point of duty to insert a warning of such magnitude when printing out their manual. So it may be safe to assume (in that case) that placing the refrigerator right next to a domestic oven shouldn’t be the cause for any man’s concern — since it would be hard to imagine that any manufacture at this day and age can be ignorant of the fact that fridges are now incorporated as regular parts of a kitchen layout design especially as contrasting neighbors to domestic ovens.
It has to be the case that they know, and still went ahead and printed out a manual without issuing out any warning regarding pairing up a fridge and a domestic oven. So this only means that the fridge right next to an oven is a safe bet, but even with that, we still want to make sure we’re erring on the side of caution and playing our cards right.
So here are some tips to consider when placing a fridge right next to an oven.
Keep a decent spacing
The foremost advice for paring up an oven and a refrigerator side by side is to make sure you provide a decent spacing between them. Besides, most refrigerator manufacturers would advise against the confinement of a fridge in tight spaces which could prevent heat dissipation. A fridge is supposed to be placed in a well-ventilated room and given head spaces at all sides including the top.
Whatever that provides the spacing between the two appliances would be okay so long it isn’t a metal that can conduct heat between them. And ideal would be a screen or any material that acts prevents heat transfer.
A 30 cm distance between a gas range and 5 cm between an electric one is acceptable, because the former dissipates heat at greater quantities than the latter.
For the spacing, it could be a cabinet, a wall or something creative that can occupy the 30 or 5 cm spacing.
Use insulating material on the side
When you’re using a spacing between the two appliances, an insulating material slapped on every side or all over the fridge usually isn’t a necessity. But it should be done when the wallet permits for extra caution. When the two appliances aren’t separated by any spacing however, due to spacing restriction, it is best to provide an insulating material like this Double Bubble Reflective Foil insulation to reflect any heat escaping from the oven and making their way towards the fridge.
Install a kitchen hood
If your kitchen doesn’t already have one, make sure you install a hood or a mechanical fan above oven’s stove (if it has one) to suck out most of the heat and reduce the amount radiating towards the fridge.
Pay attention to convenience
When installing a fridge next to a range, make sure to pay attention to convenience. You don’t want to realign the positioning of the pots every time you want to make pasta or cook veggies because the monstrous siding of your refrigerator is serving as an obstruction. Additionally, you also want to consider the direction of the handles of both the fridge and oven pad or adjust accordingly.
Where should you keep your fridge in the kitchen?
The coolest area of the kitchen
As a general rule of thumb, your refrigerator, if at all it must be in the kitchen, should be placed at the coldest part of it. This means that you should take it away from windows which can regularly bath it with unhealthy does of sunlight, and also, away from the oven or other heat sources (that can actually dissipate) when possible.
If you kitchen is designed using the one kitchen wall layout, you can always place the refrigerator at one end of the wall and position the oven at the other end or middle for convenience. For a gallery kitchen, keep the two electronics adjacent to one another.
In an L shaped kitchen, the fridge should be at one end or tip of the L shape and the oven should be placed at the middle of the opposite the leg of the corresponding L shape. Finally, if you have an island type kitchen, then there must be more than enough space to keep the oven away from the fridge.
Frequently Asked Questions
How far should a fridge be from an oven?
An oven should be given at least 30 cm distance from a gas oven and 5 cm distance from a gas range. This is necessary to prevent heat radiation from the oven to the fridge, or the sudden rise in the temperature of the air around the fridge contributed by both the fridge and oven which can cause the fridge to work a bit inefficiently.
Where a refrigerator should be placed in the kitchen?
A refrigerator should be placed anywhere in the kitchen that doesn’t expose it heat which can cause it to work a bit in efficiently. These places exclude near the oven, near window, or near any other heat dissipating electronics.
Where to put fridge in small kitchen?
Place fridge near the oven to utilize available spaces, but make sure to observe all the necessary steps when appropriate and the wallet permits.
Does fridge require ventilation?
Yes, a fridge require proper ventilation at all sides including the top for proper heat dissipation. When constricted without proper spacing, a refrigerator may begin to work extra hard which can have serious consequences on the long run.
A fridge can be installed near a domestic oven in the kitchen when space constraint is the issue. But first, one needs to make sure they aren’t going against a triple exclamation warning against the practice provided by the manufacturer in the owner’s manual.
When such is the case, the fridge can be installed with a protective insulate on the sides, with a minimum distance of 30 cm for gas ovens and 5 cm for electric ovens provided using a cabinet, drawer, or some sort of partition or screen.