How to Install a Refrigerator

Putting a refrigerator into place doesn't have to be difficult.

Here are some tips to make it easier.

Put the refrigerator on strips of carpet, pile-side down, and slide it into place. Be sure to plug it in when you can reach the outlet with the cord.

Remove the carpet.

Lay a level across the top of the refrigerator to make sure it is level. If it isn't, remove the front grille at the base of the fridge, tilt the refrigerator back and place a wooden block under the front edge. Find the leveling legs on the front corners, and screw them up or down to level the unit.

Check the level again, and repeat this process until the fridge is level. (The door should shut by itself when opened to a 45-degree angle. If it doesn't, screw the leveling legs down enough so that it does.)

Consult your owner's manual on how to hook up the icemaker, if applicable.

Run the refrigerator for at least 4 hours before putting perishable food into it.

Things You Will Need

  • Radios
  • Carpets Scraps
  • Lamps
  • Refrigerators
  • Levels
  • Wood Blocks


  • Put your refrigerator in a spot out of direct sunlight and away from heat-producing appliances, such as your dishwasher and stove.
  • Put your owner's manual in a plastic bag, and tape it to the side of the refrigerator so that you can find it when you need it.


  • Never move a refrigerator onto its side or back. It should always be upright.
  • Don't use an extension cord with your fridge. The chances of electrocution are high with any appliance that is used near liquids.