Fridge filter: squeezing a fridge into a space which doesn't quite meet the suggested air clearance minimums - what might happen?
My mother wants a new fridge. The one she wants would fit in the existing cavity, but would have 10mm less clearance on each side than the manufacturer's minimum air clearance specifications
, which specify a gap of 20mm on each side (ie 10mm more - twice the gap).
In all other respects the cavity is far bigger than the minimum specifications. The space behind the fridge is 200mm (min 30mm) and the top is effectively open (800 mm v min 50mm). Furthermore the leading 150mm of the fridge proper (+ the door) on one side would stick out from the cavity.
A smaller cavity presumably means less airflow. Is this potentially dangerous?
Or will the fridge just have to work harder (be on more frequently) to overcome this? Is this likely to markedly reduce the lifespan of the fridge?
(Obviously smaller fridges are available, but she wants the capacity, and would prefer the aesthetics of a bigger fridge in the existing cavity. If it's just a question of energy efficiency she'll take the hit, but if she's risking burning down the house…)