In order to prep my “engineer” husband for the whirlwind shopping event-I took a few moments to compose a list (engineers love lists) of helpful hints:
After the list had been reviewed his response was -all we’re looking for is a fridge…there can’t be that many options. Well after shopping for a few hours and several stores, the poor guy had to be revived. Without boring you to death with the details -let me share a few things that might be helpful if your old fridge is slowly dying and you may need to purchase a new one soon.
Probably the number one issue that most buyers will face is the height (68.5″) of the new refrigerators. Older homes (anything older than 10 years) usually have a cupboard installed over the fridge which happens to be 68″ from the floor- so cupboards needs to be removed and/or rebuilt or the wall and ceiling need to be repaired and painted. Another area to measure is the width and depth of the opening in your kitchen-the new fridges are wider and deeper than older versions.
Finally looks can be deceiving. The new fridges have less cubic feet than mine-but the interior shelves and space are larger than older models. So after taking a picture and measuring the inside of my “icebox” -I ran over to Home Depot to measure and compare. Prior to actually measuring the interior I’d have bet anybody it was smaller and had fewer shelves- but I was wrong.