It has become fashionable to use built-in furniture and household appliances. This significantly saves space, makes the kitchen or dining room more comfortable and cozy, which is appreciated by any modern housewife.
The design of the built-in oven makes it possible to place it at the most convenient height. However, experts do not recommend installing an oven next to the refrigerator, as this contradicts their principle of operation.
In the instructions for such a technique it is usually written that the distance between the refrigerator and the oven should be at least 50 cm. If the conditions are not met in case of an emergency, the manufacturer is not responsible.
The equipment is not installed nearby, since the refrigerator must maintain the cold inside, and the heat generated by the oven prevents this. The operation of the refrigerator is carried out so that the heat is removed outside through a special device on the back wall. If more heat comes from the external environment, then the compressor starts to work harder. A constantly running compressor can lead to overheating of the mechanism, as a result, the service life is reduced and the amount of electricity consumed increases. Thus, the period of use of the refrigerator is significantly reduced.
It is very important that there is a distance of 50 cm near the refrigerator specifically for air circulation: thanks to this, the surface of the device will not overheat.
The same can be said about the oven. On the oven, the effect of external heat causes an increase in internal temperature, as a result of which an overheated oven can begin to spark, which sometimes leads to a fire hazard.
Another factor that suggests the need to avoid the proximity of two devices is deformation. Over time, the walls of the refrigerator may turn yellow, the plastic elements will crack and change shape. Appearance will become unpresentable, so you have to change the technique, which again leads to unplanned costs.
All refrigerators have climate classes that indicate that the appliance can be designed to work in hotter or less hot rooms. If the refrigerator belongs to the ST class, then it will work normally at temperatures up to 38 degrees and heating from a stove or oven will not particularly harm it. On the other hand, the refrigerator perceives the temperature increase in the room as a signal to action - it increases the compressor power and starts to work at maximum. As a result, everything inside it remains normal, but there is more noise and more power consumption. And if at the same time a two-compressor refrigerator can only lower degrees in the freezer compartment, then a single-compressor “freezes” all the chambers, which can lead to ice formation.
In that case, if there is no other way out and the dimensions of the kitchen do not allow you to separate the refrigerator and stove from each other, you can still place a refrigerator near the oven. Consider how to do it right.
In addition to the fact that the built-in oven looks more attractive, it is endowed with better heat protection. Manufacturers of such ovens make protection against external heat more reliable. Depending on the model and brand, heat-resistant cardboard or a layer of ordinary insulation is used as insulation. Models with triple-glass doors also play an important role in isolating heat from the environment. Also, modern models are equipped with a fan and emergency shutdown function, which makes the use of these devices even safer.
In turn, the refrigerator built into the kitchen set not only takes up little space and neatly fits into the interior, but also provides thermal insulation: a protective layer prevents hot air from penetrating into the appliance. In this case, putting equipment close by at a short distance will no longer be so dangerous, since the built-in refrigerator is also not deprived of thermal insulation, thanks to additional finishing panels. Therefore, in this case, the minimum distance between the oven and the refrigerator should be at least 15 cm.
Freestanding household equipment
A completely different issue when it comes to stand-alone household appliances. Here, it is already necessary to strictly observe a distance between them of 50 cm. In this case, the space between these devices can be occupied by the working surface - in this case, care should be taken to isolate the heat transfer to the external environment.
If there are simply no other options for installing household appliances, then you need to take care of the isolation between the appliances. The easiest and most economical way is to install a conventional furniture partition between the two appliances - the wall of the kitchen module will fully cope with the role of a separator or it is recommended to place some narrow cabinet between the appliances in which pans and pans can be stored, for example. Thus, heat exchange between the devices will not occur, which means that the risk of overheating is also eliminated.
Another way to divide the technique is to cover the wall of the refrigerator, which will border the oven, special heat-insulating material or foil. A foil film or an isolon has a reflective property: the material will directly reflect heat and will not allow surfaces to heat up. And due to the fact that it will not allow heat to enter from outside, as a result of this, it will be possible to exclude overheating of both devices.
If you adhere to these tips, the refrigerator and the cabinet may well be next to each other. If you initially take care of the correct insulation, you can safely have a refrigerator and a cabinet nearby, without worrying about the life of the equipment and the security of the devices.
If we rely on the feedback from the owners of the built-in appliances, we can conclude that such devices are equipped with high-quality thermal insulation, which makes it possible to safely install household appliances in the neighborhood of each other.
Owners of stand-alone equipment claim that the metal walls of the refrigerator are badly affected by high temperatures if the equipment is too close to each other. There were consequences such as yellowed paint, cracked plastic parts, and the deformation of rubber seals. Many users also note that the close proximity of household appliances, if the oven was literally “propped up” by the refrigerator, caused a lot of inconvenience in operation.
How to place an oven and a refrigerator in a small kitchen, see the next video.