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Is it proper for a double oven to be installed 3 inches from a refridgerator

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  • mftaylor80 Oct 02, 2009

    When I bake a lot or use both ovens, my fridge starts to get warm even up to like 57 degrees and after I am long done with the oven it will go back to the proper temp. Is this normal



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Normally it is not recommended to place a refrigerator near an oven, that's what most people would agree with - however, I have an encased oven near my fridge and never had problems - Keep enough air flow at the back and sides of your unit to allow the heat from the condensers to dissipate properly - Of couse your oven will make your unit work longer, but sine you are not running your oven 24/7 I don't see the problem.

With modern refrigerators, the condensers are at the bottom with a fan blowing air on them so I wouldn't worry about it - Just make sure that your refrigerator is not exposed to excess heat, that your condensers are clean and that you have the proper clearence at the back and sides.

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  • DarkStar2 Oct 02, 2009

    As I stated in my reply - it is not recommended to run a refrigerator next to an oven as also stated in your manual and by most manufacturers - however, depending on your setup and normal ambiant temp and clearance area around your fridge, you may not experience any problems.

    From my personal experience, I have not experienced ANY problems - I had an old 25 year old Kenmore fridge, never would the temps go that high - During hot summer months the compressor would run much longer, but cooling is maintained.

    My new GE unit is unaffected at all and compressor run times are the same. In both cases it has not impacted at all my cooling.

    Might want to check your door seals they might not be tight. Of course if you have very excessive heat dissipating around your unit's clearance area, this will affect its performance - which is why it is not recomended - this is a killer - In your case the heat is too excessive, obviously your compressor is being tortured, remember how your refrigerator cools - by the principle of removing heat and dissipating it - If your condensers cannot dissipate their heat, your unit will not cool fast enough and your compressor run-time will be continuous or very excessive, also putting higher pressure on the compressor as well - and your unit not able to dissipate heat faster than it can cool - result - cooling problems.

    #1) Those are unsafe temps - Temp variations like that is not good for your food!

    #2) you an extreme workload on your compressor and you are reducing its life cycle !

    #3) If you live in a hot area and your kitchen's ambiant temp is already hot - the oven will not help at all.

    My enclosed oven is even less than 3 inch from my refrigerator, however the heat rises up and the door opens sideways, heat escape to the left, away from unit.

    Any direct heat towards your refrigerator = a big no-no - your refrigerator in order to be able to cool has to remove heat - if you throw heat at it, it defeats the purpose - your unit will not function properly.

    I hope this helps !



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