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Thread: Is it safe to drill holes in the side of my fridge?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2007

    Question Is it safe to drill holes in the side of my fridge?


    I'm putting some beer taps on my fridge, and was wondering if it will damage the fridge's mechanism to put them on the side of the fridge. I've modified a fridge like this before by going through the door, but if there are no cooling pipes etc. in the side I'd rather go through there as it's stronger than the door. I'm going to drill 6 7/8" holes.

    Here's the fridge: FRU17B2JW Frigidaire 16.7 Cu. Ft. Large Upright All Refrigerator with 5 Door Bins: 4 Wire Shelves

    Is there any way to tell if the sidewalls are just insulation?

    thanks in advance.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    San Diego CA


    MOST refrigerators have just insulation in the sides.

    Old refrigerators had condensors built in the side wall, but today things are different. 98% of new refrigerators have them in other places besides the sides.

    I would stay away from the back edge, but 6 holes should be relatively safe.

    Good luck, send some beer my way when you're done.
    Econo Appliance Service - San Diego appliance repair experts!

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