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What follows is a list of the most common questions people have about this specific type of refrigerators (counter-depth) that I gathered and answered to make your life easier:) …enjoy! Btw. if there’s something I don’t cover on this page, just ask me.

  1. What are counter-depth refrigerators?
  2. What are freestanding counter-depth refrigerators?
  3. What are built-in counter-depth refrigerators?
  4. What are the common specifications for counter-depth refrigerators?
  5. How long should it take before I replace my refrigerator?
  6. How do I maintain the functionality of my counter-depth refrigerator?
  7. How cold should my refrigerator and freezer be?
  8. What maybe the reasons why my built-in ice maker does not produce ice?
  9. Why won’t my ice maker turn off?
  10. Why does my ice maker produce ice cubes that are bonded together?
  11. Why should I choose a freestanding counter-depth refrigerator?
  12. Why buy a counter-depth refrigerator?
  13. How deep are counter-depth refrigerators?
  14. How much does a counter-depth refrigerator usually cost?
  15. What does most consumers say about counter-depth refrigerators?
  16. What are the usual dimensions of counter-depth refrigerators?
  17. What are the common complaints from consumers using counter-depth refrigerators?
  18. Where can I buy counter-depth refrigerators?
  19. What is the advantage of having counter-depth refrigerator?
  20. Why does most counter-depth refrigerators energy efficient?
  21. How To Stop fridge Buzzing Noise?

 

1. What are counter-depth refrigerators?
These are the type of refrigerators made to fit your kitchen counter for a streamlining design, allowing an accessible space in the kitchen. There are two types of counter-depth refrigerators available in the market: built-in and freestanding. For kitchen cabinetry there is a cabinet depth version of these types measured 24 inches to fit in it.

2. What are freestanding counter-depth refrigerators?
From the name itself, freestanding counter-depth refrigerators do not need security or require a support. It is wider than most counter-depth refrigerators, however, it has less depth. Freestanding counter-depth refrigerators are cheaper than built-ins, offering a polished design.

3. What are built-in counter-depth refrigerators?
With its evaporator mounted on top, and heavy nature, built-in counter-depth refrigerators need a support to the wall and the surrounding cabinetry. Each blends in with the kitchen’s theme, and is not installed separately. You have an option to choose the design as it offers custom-made panels. It is usually 84 inches in height, and 36 to 48 inches in width.

4. What are the common specifications for counter-depth refrigerators?
Typically, a counter-depth refrigerator has a side-by-side door with digital controls which ensures quick and easy adjustments. To prevent unintended use of this unit leaving it open, it has a lockout function. It also has a temperature-regulating and management system that easily detects any changes in temperature, activating its compressor when necessary. With a thru-the-door ice and water dispenser, it offers convenience in providing you cold, filtered water refreshment.
LED light provides superb visibility on goods inside the refrigerator. It also has an alarm system that is triggered whenever the refrigerator door is accidentally left open and an alarm lighting that turns on when the water filter is dirty.
For organization and anti-spillage, it has spill protectors in compartments inside the refrigerator and freezer. It also has a sleek, steel design that ensures sturdiness.

5. How long should it take before I replace my refrigerator?
On the average, it takes 14 to 17 years for a refrigerator to end its life. It can go on longer durations given that you handle this food-preserving unit with proper maintenance.

6. How do I maintain the functionality of my counter-depth refrigerator?
To maintain a well-functioning refrigerator for your produce, do not put warm food inside of it. Let it cool down outside the fridge before putting it inside to prevent compressor malfunction. The only temperature accepted inside is cold.
Do not put a lot of goods inside your refrigerator to maintain an evenly distributed humidity for each. Overloading makes the compressor suffer as it is obliged to refrigerate products more than what it can handle.
Avoid leaving the refrigerator door open frequently and for long periods of time. It widens the space the fridge needs to cool and it destroys the function of the compressor that is made only for the space provided inside of it.

7. How cold should my refrigerator and freezer be?
You should maintain the temperature in the refrigerator to 36 to 38° Fahrenheit or 2° Celsius. The freezer should maintain an 0 to 5° Fahrenheit temperature or 18° Celsius.

8. What maybe the reasons why my built-in ice maker does not produce ice?
• The temperature may not be cold enough to make ice. The temperature should be 0 to 5° F in order to maintain your counter-depth refrigerator’s ice making function.
• The water supply valve does not function well because of blockage. It usually should have a 1/4 inch opening to fully supply water inside.
• The valve may not be open for some reason.
• The wire signal arm of the ice maker function is turned off. It usually is in the down position for ice making to push through.

9. Why won’t my ice maker turn off?
• The Ice maker’s container in not in its correct position. There should also be no ice cubes stocked on the wire signal rim. You should remove the cube holding arm and the container should be repositioned.

10. Why does my ice maker produce ice cubes that are bonded together?
When cubes are not used, it melts during defrost cycles. If this happens, when refrozen, it binds together. You should frequently shake the ice container or use the ice cubes produced.

11. Why should I choose a freestanding counter-depth refrigerator?
Compared to other types of refrigerator, a freestanding counter-depth refrigerator is much cheaper than built-ins. You can save a lot of money from buying materials to have your refrigerator fixed to a position in your kitchen that requires labor. However, if you are to customization, a built-in counter depth refrigerator is for you.

12. Why buy a counter-depth refrigerator?
This type of produce-preserving unit gives your kitchen a modern look and provides an ample amount of space for you to move around. This is crucial for food preparation to be safe and efficient. It is also observed to be energy saving. Plus, it also enables you to have enough space to put all your goods, with high-technology manipulating system working in digital controls, LED lighting and has an alarm system that prevents you from consuming large amounts of electricity (i.e. leaving the refrigerator door open often). It also allows superb accessibility to goods.

13. How deep are counter-depth refrigerators?
It ranges from 25 to 30 inches. You should take note of the allowable space when you are considering a kitchen makeover.

14. How much does a counter-depth refrigerator usually cost?
Brands available in the market for counter-depth refrigerators ranges from $1,700 to $3,000.

15. What does most consumers say about counter-depth refrigerators?
• most consumers say it is spacious and they like the ice and water dispensing feature
• it provides better view of the goods inside because of its lighting
• overall, a great food-preserving unit that allows convenience and high technology system fit for the modern world
• very stylish and sturdy
• more expensive than the standard freezer-on-top refrigerators but is energy efficient since it has an alarm system not allowing you to leave the door open

16. What are the usual dimensions of counter-depth refrigerators?
• 22 to 36 inches in width
• 25 to 30 inches in depth
• 64 to 84 inches in height

17. What are the common complaints from consumers using counter-depth refrigerators?
• they are more expensive than standard refrigerators available in the market
• ice maker sometimes do not create enough ice or does not produce ice at all

18. Where can I buy counter-depth refrigerators?
There are many online sites offering the specifications and design of your preferred counter-depth refrigerator if you don’t have time to canvas at appliance stores. Just make sure that you access the official websites to ensure the security and credibility of your purchase.

19. What is the advantage of having counter-depth refrigerator?
It offers a sleek design that matches your kitchen counters in depth. You won’t have any problems in unwanted protrusions. Spaces are maximized considering a smooth traffic when food preparation becomes urgent or when it needs to be worked on fast-paced.

20. Why does most counter-depth refrigerators energy efficient?
Most counter-depth refrigerators provide a modern alarm system that prohibits accidentally leaving the refrigerator door open for a long time. It is triggered when the door is left open for a few seconds to notify you that this is unacceptable and that you are putting your goods at risk for spoilage, consuming a lot of electricity.

21. How To Stop fridge Buzzing Noise?
In most cases, the noise or buzz is caused by the freezer fan hitting a chunk of ice which got created by keeping the freezer door open or not properly closed for longer periods of time.

Luckily, there’s a pretty simple solution to it, and anyone can do it within about 10 minutes. Simply slide out the middle drawer and look with a flashlight on the back wall – behind the drawers. You’ll find a thick sheet of ice. Just take your hair dryer and stick it inside for a while. You will hear it cracking and after a few cracks just take something long, e.g. a BBQ fork to help it come down to the bottom. From there you can just swipe the ice blocks out.

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Hello, I’m Jaro and I basically created this website to help you with your decision. When I was searching this type of refrigerator for my new kitchen I struggled to find a good source of information so I decided to create it.