Can You Put A Refrigerator On Carpet?

When you are moving into a new home (or simply switching things up), you might be wondering whether or not it is safe to place your refrigerator on carpet.

retro fridge in blue

After all, the refrigerator’s compressor contains liquid that may leak out. In addition, carpets can act as insulation, trapping heat and causing your fridge to have to work harder. In addition, carpets can collect dust and dirt, which can then be transferred to your fridge and contaminate food. 

Indeed, there are a few crucial things to consider, let’s cover them in detail!

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Disadvantages Of Putting A Refrigerator On Carpet

Putting a refrigerator on carpet can have many disadvantages other than the fact that it is not recommended by manufacturers.

Putting a refrigerator on a carpet is a tricky task to do. A carpet will prevent the flow of cold air to the condenser, which is usually placed at the bottom of the fridge.

under counter fridge
An undercounter fridge

Therefore, the floor under the fridge should be level, and the area where it is being placed should have enough ventilation for hot air to escape from the back of the appliance.

Carpeting underneath a refrigerator can make it hard to clean or move around while also trapping dirt and grime. If it’s not cleaned regularly (which would be hard to do when a refrigerator is placed on top) then bacteria could start growing which would make cleaning even more difficult. This is due to the moisture that gets trapped between the carpet’s fibers.

So all in all, it’s really not a good idea to put your refrigerator on top of a carpet

Are There Any Benefits To Putting A Fridge On Carpet?

Adding a carpet in the kitchen is a great way to add some style and warmth to the room.


In addition, some people might reason that putting a fridge on carpet is a great way to keep the floor clean.

Also, carpets are typically more affordable than hardwood floors or tile.

All might seem like good reasons, but considering the drawbacks I mentioned before, they aren’t really worthwhile.


A question that many homeowners ask themselves when remodeling is whether or not it is possible to place a refrigerator on carpet.

While this is technically possible, it can lead to problems with both the refrigerator and your flooring.

retro fridge

Putting a refrigerator on carpet can cause mold to grow under the appliance. That’s because moisture gets trapped between the carpet’s fibers.

To avoid this, place your fridge on an elevated surface or purchase a mat that will keep it level with your flooring.

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