Last week, I had a comment from a week that I thought would be a good topic for today:
I have heard, when planning a kitchen, it’s wise not to put the refrigerator next to the built-in ovens because the heat from the ovens can make the refrigerator have to work harder. And yet I’ve seen examples of this in various kitchen remodels. What’s up? – R.
I replied, “Depends on the ovens. Surprisingly there is enough insulation on both appliances to shield them both, but all bets are off if the ovens are on for multiple hours a day. Why are they together? Too many appliances, not enough kitchen (or kitchen wall space).”
This is another variation of over-appliancing your kitchen. There was a variation of it in the 1970s, when the cook top was positioned next to the tall oven cabinet with no space between — to me, that was the more dangerous of the two, especially when gas cook tops became more popular. Open heat next to a flammable surface — gee, can’t imagine any problems there, can you?
If this is your kitchen, then here’s your go-to list
Before you buy, check and double-check the face frames, whether the frame kit for your microwave has an outward curve in it (I’m looking at you, Electrolux), and most importantly, the depth and width of all appliance handles.
The last thing you want is to open your French door refrigerator smack into the end of the oven handle…unless you like dents.