Before plugging your fridge freezer in and turning it on, there are a few things you can do to extend it's lifespan so you get the most out of it.
So before you get started unpacking it, it's worth going throuh the simple steps in this guide.
The first thing to think about is how long you need to ‘let it stand’.
Fridges and freezers are full of fluid that’s used to cool the compartments. In transit, your appliance gets shaken around, so it’s best to let everything inside settle before you plug it in.
If it was transported upright, give it at least an hour before you plug it in.
If it was transported on its side, turn it the right way up and leave it for at least four hours.
Because you’re going to be storing food in it, it’s a good idea to give it a quick clean before you use it.
You don’t need to do anything too thorough, just wipe the cavities down with warm water and washing up liquid. Make sure it’s completely dry before you put the drawers back in.
There’s probably already a space in your kitchen for your new appliance, but it needs to be placed so that there’s enough room around for air to flow around it freely.
You need at least 5mm of space all around the fridge freezer, so try to place it centrally in the space you’ve got and make sure you don’t push it all the way back to the wall.
The last thing you need to do is plug it in. The first time it turns on, it'll take a few hours to get down to temperature.
Some fridges and freezers will beep or show a green light when it’s at the correct temperature. If yours doesn’t, a couple of hours will be enough time for it to get down to the right temperature for storing food.
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