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Can a Fridge with French Door be installed next to wall?

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Can a Fridge with French Door be installed next to wall?

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risktaker99 | | Mar 28, 2010 08:07 PM

I am confused. I was going to buy an Electrolux FD model #EI28Bs561S. My S/S Maytag is on life support. I have exacltly 36 inches of width. However, I have a wall that extends 41" on the right side. My concern was whether I would be able to open the right door. The first store I went to said no problem. The second store I went to for a price comparison said it wouldn't work because the hinge was out to far. He recommended that I go with a Maytag MFT2771WEM that would not need the additional clearance.

When I got home I downloaded the installation manuals for both fridges. The Maytag manual says I need a minimum of 3 3/4" between the fridge and the wall "to allow the door to swing open"....and the Electrolux Data Specification sheet says "Absolute 4 1/2" minimum clearance will ONLY allow for 90 degree door swing which will provide drawer/crisper access with retricted removal".

Is this real or BS? I realize I would only be able to open the right door a max of 90 degrees. My questions is whether I would be able to open the right door AT ALL since it is flush against the right wall. FYI, I would like to buy the Electrolux since I feel the quality of the drawers, design, etc seems far superior than the Maytag.

Does anyone have this situation?

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