Placement of New Appliances

Giving Your Appliances Some Space of Their Own

Bad things can happen if you don’t give your appliances the space that they need. Here are the most common occurrences of crowding an appliance.

1. You should not install a range or cooktop flush against a side wall. For sure, you don’t want to do this with a gas range or cooktop. Manufacturer directions are going to warn against it because of the fire hazard resulting when the flame from the gas burner is that close to a flammable wall. I’d argue that it’s also a bad idea to install electric ranges or cooktops against a side wall. Even if there isn’t a safety issue, it makes the two elements next to the wall not so useful for larger pots and pans.

2. Make sure that refrigerator doors swing open more than just 90 degrees. They need to open wide enough not only to give you access to the refrigerator’s contents, but also to allow inside drawers or compartments to slide out. Take into account that a protruding refrigerator handle bumping up to an adjacent wall may prevent a refrigerator door from opening far enough to grant full access to the refrigerator’s contents.








3. Corner installations of appliances can prevent adjacent doors or drawers from opening. For example, the dishwasher below might have worked just fine in this design if it had a recessed handle. However, the adjacent drawer cannot be opened in this instance.

I once showed this dishwasher quandry to a designer friend of mine. She quickly pointed out the cause of the problem. “This is the reason we have CKD’s. It’s a designer’s job to make sure that this doesn’t happen.”

Of course, there are sometimes tradeoffs to be made. Consider the refrigerator below. The refrigerator protrudes into the kitchen aisle. A counter-depth refrigerator could have been purchased instead of the full-depth model shown below, but they cost more and do not store as much food. It’s up to the customer, but it’s the salesperson or designer’s job to advise the consumer and let them make the decision.






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Arizona's leading distributor of appliances, floor coverings, window treatments and more invites you to join us on a tour of our facilities. Since 1944, we've been working hard at taking care of the needs of Arizona's building community. We're still growing and finding new opportunities to help our trade customers be more successful. So, whatever your needs as a member of the design and construction business, take a fresh look at how Arizona Wholesale Supply can be your resource for products and services for your next project.

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To be your source for all these product lines we need to take care of all the logistics: warehousing, order entry, payables, receivables, delivery, installation, and service. It's a big undertaking, and it's the reason you need Arizona Wholesale Supply – because yes, we sell appliances and carpeting, but we do so much more.

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Oven Heat Issues

Oven Next to Refrigerator

Oven Next to Refrigerator

“It is recommended that you do not install your refrigerator near an oven, radiator, or other heat source.” This comment is from the Refrigerator User Instructions of a leading major appliance manufacturer.

NKBA guidelines recommend 12″ of counter space adjacent to the refrigerator. As you might imagine, it's not convenient to load and unload the refrigerator if there isn't nearby counter space available. Nevertheless, sometimes this just isn't possible. What is the risk if your refrigerator is located next to an oven? It's possible that the heat from the oven could cause blistering on the refrigerator side adjacent to the oven.

Circumstances vary. It's typical that there is an inch or so of air space between the refrigerator and nearby oven cabinet. Also, there is going to be a cabinet panel on the side of the oven. Both the air gap and the panel will provide some insulation between the oven and refrigerator. If necessary, you might consider installing a heat shield.

Protecting Adjacent Cabinets

Appliance manufacturers follow UL requirements and comply with a maximum allowable wood cabinet temperature of 194 degrees. However, some laminate cabinet finishes such as thermofoil require heat shields. Thermofoil is made by heat-fusing a very thin layer of vinyl to the base cabinet material to create a smooth, uniformly colored surface. It's durable and easy to clean. However, it can blister and peel if exposed to the high heat from an adjacent cooking appliance. “To protect your thermofoil finish, a KraftMaid heat shield is required on cabinetry located next to an oven.” This from a KraftMaid web page.

There can be some other issues with the heat generated by cooking appliances. Be careful when removing pots and pans from the storage area below your range if you've just been using the oven, especially if you have just completed the self-cleaning cycle. This area can get really hot. While the oven doors, are designed so that their skin temperature will not get too hot even during self-clean, it's just common sense not to lean against a hot oven.

Another area that can get quite hot is at the back of the cooking surface on a gas range. During oven use gas ranges exhaust quite a bit of heat from the oven at the back of the range. Unlike electric ovens, gas ranges must “breathe” by taking in and expelling air. (Electric ovens have a small air exhaust tube only to prevent a vacuum). If the exhaust heat from the back of the oven is excessive consider turning on the vent hood to pull the hot air up and out.

It's a good idea to follow manufacturer instructions as much as possible if for no other reason than to avoid issues if there is a future problem. The instructions are written as a guide for you, but they also limit the manufacturer liability if you fail to follow them.

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