Switching off integrated fridge and replacing with freestanding one

Discussion in 'Kitchen Fitters' Talk' started by Musicfan, May 10, 2023.

  1. Musicfan

    Musicfan New Member

    I have an integrated fridge which is 19 years old, and I don't know how to switch it off because the switch has been hidden. This means I can't defrost the freezer or disconnect it. Will retailers deliver and install a new freestanding fridge freezer if I can't disconnect the old one? My preference is for my integrated fridge freezer to be replaced with a freestanding one but I haven't found out how to switch off or disconnect the old one. Even if we get a new kitchen (which I doubt will happen), the kitchen fitter will find that the ice will melt after switching off and water will spill on to the floor.
  2. arrow

    arrow Screwfix Select

    Have a look in the cupboard next to the fridge. There could be a socket in there where it is plugged in. I always fit a fused spur that is accessible, not hidden in a cupboard for isolation purposes.
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  3. Ind spark

    Ind spark Screwfix Select

    Is there not a switched spur above the counter or a socket in the next cupboard?
  4. Ind spark

    Ind spark Screwfix Select

    Snap :D
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  5. Musicfan

    Musicfan New Member

    There's no socket in the cupboard.
  6. Musicfan

    Musicfan New Member

    There's no spur either.
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    arrow Screwfix Select

    You have two choices, turn it off on the appliance switch and try and defrost in situ. Pull it out and unplug it then take it to where you want to defrost it.
  8. robertpstubbs

    robertpstubbs Screwfix Select

    If you get a freestanding FF you can plug it into any socket (using an extension cable if necessary).

    You may not be able to tell how the existing integrated fridge is wired until you remove it. There may be a socket or FCU hidden behind it.
  9. Tilt

    Tilt Screwfix Select

    The socket is most likely behind the appliance then.

    Just switch the fridge off at the dial inside it ....... if you need.

    Or if you want to swap it for a freestanding one then the gap left by the existing integrated one would just about suit a narrower freestanding one at 55cm, but try to allow as much ventilation at the back for this type, as you can.

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