Using your fridge freezer for the first time

Before you switch your fridge or freezer on, there are a few things you can do to help you get the longest life-span possible from it.

We go through them below, so give this guide a quick look over before you start unpacking.

Let it stand

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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.

Quick clean

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Because you’re going to be storing food in the fridge/freezer when it cools down, it’s a good idea to give it a clean while it stands.

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.

Choose the right position

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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.

Turn it on

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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 desired temperature. If yours doesn’t, just give it a couple of hours and put your food in when it feels cold.

Hopefully your fridge is working perfectly, but if you’re having any problems, you can always contact us here.

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