Moving a refrigerator to another wall may drastically change the look of your kitchen since this appliance takes up a large amount of space. Before you relocate a refrigerator, review factors that affect your options. If you have a spare refrigerator in a garage space or storage building, the relocation options are not as limited as in a kitchen area.
Refrigerators require electricity to run; therefore, examine the wall where you want to set it for a proper electrical outlet. If there is no outlet, hire an electrician to install one. Using an extension cord to plug the refrigerator in elsewhere may cause someone to trip over the cord, and it looks unsightly as well.
If your refrigerator has a water dispenser or an ice maker, an accessible water line is imperative when moving the unit. Hire a professional to install the water line once you decide where you want to relocate the appliance. Another option is to purchase a water line installation kit if you enjoy do-it-yourself projects.
Refrigerators come with many types of door openings. Whether you have a top or bottom freezer, side-by-side or a French door refrigerator, measure the clearance space of the doors before moving the appliance. Verify that if another appliance, such as a dishwasher or stove, is near the refrigerator that both appliance doors may be opened at the same time; otherwise the move may cause difficulty for more than one person to be in the kitchen working at the same time. Also, ensure that the refrigerator doors do not block doorways or interfere with other pathways. An island or another object may be near the refrigerator and prevent the doors from opening fully.
Measure the depth, height and width of your refrigerator with a measuring tape. See that the new space does not have overhead cabinets that make the area too short for the refrigerator. The correct depth ensures that the refrigerator does not jut out beyond the counter space on either side of the appliance. If the appliance is too wide for a space, it may block a doorway or simply not fit in the available space. Allow for 6 inches of space behind the refrigerator and 2 inches overhead for proper ventilation and to increase the life or your appliance.