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Undercounter refrigerator

Posted by nietza (My Page) on
Wed, Mar 26, 14 at 2:15

I am building a small wet bar in my basement. The area I am using is about the size of a closet with a depth of 22 inches. My original intent was to place a beverage cooler under the counter that had a depth of 20 inches. However, when I went to buy the cooler I realized it wasn't built to be placed under the counter.

So, I have been researching alternatives. As I started researching, I have decided a refrigerator would be a better choice. However, as I started looking at the options I noticed two things about units that are created for under the counter. One is that they tend to be much more expensive. The second issue is that they have a much greater depth. The best I could find was a Summit refrigerator that has a depth of 22.75 inches for $800.

Do I really need a refrigerator that is specifically designed to be placed under the counter? Can I use a free standing one instead? Today I was in an appliance store were the salesman suggested a GE model that was less than a 22 inch depth and less than $300 that he insisted could go under the counter even though it didn't have a front vent. Will this cause issues?

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RE: Undercounter refrigerator

Do I really need a refrigerator that is specifically designed to be placed under the counter? Can I use a free standing one instead?

If you place a refrigerator designed to be installed freestanding enclosed undercounter it will not get proper ventilation.

It will work harder, use more electricity, operate louder than designed and kill the compressor in about 2-3 years.

RE: Undercounter refrigerator

Perlick makes an undercounter fridge (as well as a beverage cooler and wine cooler) that's 24" wide but only 18" deep (link below). They're well reputed. And yes, use only proper built-in undercounter refrigeration, not cheap "compact" refrigerators (I don't know why true built-ins are so much more expensive either, but that's true of full-size units as well). The specifications on non-built-ins will always state you must have a few inches of clearance on either side and on top, and not to built them in undercounter as that will quickly fry the condenser from overheating.

Here is a link that might be useful: Shallow Depth Undercounter Fridge

RE: Undercounter refrigerator

this is a more informative link:

Here is a link that might be useful: Perlick 18'' deep undercounter fridge

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