Kluje guide, how to install kitchen appliances.

Kitchen appliances don't last forever and at one point or another they need to be replaced. Maybe you have moved into your new apartment and you need to install a new appliance that was not installed before.  Making space for a new appliance can be difficult especially if there is no space provided. Most appliances come in several standard sizes, so if you can find a replacement that's the same size as the old one, the installation is considerably easier. New appliances that are either larger or small than the old ones will require that you enlarge or reduce  the cabinet opening, and that can lead to a number of problems. If you purchase a new appliance and there is no opening for it you will need to remove a unit or even replace a unit for a built-in appliance, this can be considerably difficult.

If your budget is small you may consider doing the installation yourself and this will save you money along the way. DIY  is not as hard as you might think.

Before you start here are 5 precautions you need to know.
  1. Always shut the electricity and gas supplies to the appliance before removing the old appliances.
  2. Do not switch on the new appliance until all the installation steps have been completed and all tape and other packaging materials have been removed.
  3. If you are not sure and have concerns about the gas or electrical supply or connections, or any other installation step, always consult a licensed professional before proceeding.
  4. Appliances are very heavy and require two people for installation. Do not try to do this all by yourself, you may damage the appliance, the cabinets, the floor and  most importantly yourself.
  5. Before you go out and purchase an appliance, you need to measure the space where you are installing the appliance to ensure that it will fit. Work out if you need to remove or replace a unit or make the space bigger or smaller.
  6. Place a piece of plywood, heavy cardboard, packing blankets or other protective material over your kitchen floor to prevent damage to the flooring during removal and installation.
Types of appliance you may want to install.
  • Range cookers are generally free standing, which sit on the floor and fit between the counter on either side of it. Free standing ranges are very easy to install, simply remove the old one by sliding it forward enough to reach and unplug the electrical cord or disconnect the gas line and then remove it completely. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for the electrical or gas installation. Once you have connected the range cooker slide it  into the opening, and adjust the levelling feet as needed.
  • Built in ovens are installed in a similar manner. Remove the  screws that fasten the oven to the unit and side it out enough to disconnect the electrics or gas supply. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for the electrical or gas installation. Once you have connected the range cooker slide it  into the opening. If required, finish the installation by installing any fastening screws provided by the manufacturer.
  • Hobs drops into an opening in the counter top, so here again it is best to have a replacement unit that fits directly into the old opening. Read more: How to replace an electric Hob.
  • Dishwashers come in 2 types, built in and free standing. Read more: 4 Easy steps to install a dishwasher.
  • Fridge freezers, there are 2 main types, build in and free standing. Before installing you need to consider where you are going to install it. Whatever you do, don't ever place a fridge, freezer or fridge freezer next to another appliance if you can possibly avoid it, with the exception of under counter fridges and freezers which are designed to be installed this way. Again, consult the instruction manual or contact the manufacturer for specific recommendations. Free standing fridge freezers are easy to install, simply plugin and slid into position. Ensure the fridge freezer is level by adjusting the legs. An integrated fridge blends seamlessly into your kitchen by hiding the ugly appliance behind a door that matches the other cabinets. Integrated fridges are installed in a similar way to free standing, but you will need to secure the it to the counter top. Adjust the legs to level and attach the cabinet door. Consult the manufacturer's specifications for door mounting and to find the clearance necessary around your fridge, both side-to-side and above.
There are many places you can purchase appliance in Singapore, so you should not have any problems finding the right size or spec you are looking for, Follow the information above and you should be able to do the installation yourself. Most importantly consult the manufacture's specifications and installation guides.

If you are not sure or confident to do this yourself you could always get a specialist contractor to help you.

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