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Installation Instructions


Before Installation

  • The appliance has front and rear rollers for moving the appliance forward and backward. Do not move the appliance sideways to avoid damaging the rollers or the floor covering/surface.
  • Connection to electrical power and earthing must comply with local codes and ordinances and be made by licensed personnel when required.
  • Avoid installation of the appliance/s under a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI). Ensure the appliance is installed properly. Improper installation that results in appliance failure is not covered under the appliance warranty.


Check the installation location. Check the cabinetry. If using a kit to integrate your product then check the dimensions of the cabinetry (width, depth, height, floor level, finished alcove returns). Ensure that the ventilation openings in the cabinetry are clear of obstruction.


Check the Power Supply Connection

  • Ensure that there is a separate power socket for each appliance.
  • Avoid sharing the power point with other appliances to prevent accidental switching off of the appliance.
  • For power requirements, please refer to the information on the serial plate.
  • Ensure your appliance is properly grounded (earthed).
  • Connect your appliance to an electrical supply with the fitted plug and lead.
  • The appliance must be installed so the plug is accessible. For integrated appliance (using our optional integration kit system) then we recommend to use an isolating switch that is easily accessible to the user after the appliance is installed.
  • Follow local codes and ordinances when installing the appliance.


Check your Appliance

  • Ensure that your appliance is the correct model as per your order.
  • Check that the packaging is not damaged upon delivery.
  • Ensure the components listed are complete.
  • Be careful when unpacking to prevent damage to the surface of your appliance.
  • Ensure that the appliance is stable to prevent it tipping when unpacking.


Product & Cabinetry Dimensions

If integrating your refrigerator, please follow installation instructions provided with the integration kits.

RF373, RF450, E450, RF308, RF388, E388, RF331T, RF381T, RF411T, RF440T, RF521T


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Flush with refrigerator chassis — full door rotation

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Flush with refrigerator door — full door rotation

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Flush with refrigerator door — 90° door rotation



Product Dimensions


RF331T RF381T RF411T RF440T RF521T
A Overall height of flat door product 1425 1695 1425 1595 1695 1695 1695
B Overall width of product 625 635 635 635 635 680 790
C Overall depth of flat door product (excludes handle, includes evaporator) 695 695 695 695 695 695 695

Cabinetry Dimensions (including minimum clearances)


D Inside height of cavity 1475 1700-1735* 1465 1635 1700-1735* 1700-1735* 1700-1735*

Flush with Refrigerator Chassis — Full door rotation

E Inside width 675 675 675 675 675 720 830
F Inside depth 620 620 620 620 620 620 620
Flush with Refrigerator Door — Full door rotation
G Inside width 790 790 790 790 790 835 945
I Inside depth flush to door 695 695 695 695 695 695

Flush with Refrigerator Door — 90° Door rotation (for full drawer/shelf access, the doors need to be open past 90°)

J Inside width 745 745 745 745 745 790 900
L Inside depth flush to door 695 695 695 695 695 695
Note-Icon.png Alternative installation can cause some restriction to the refrigerator’s air supply and reduce its optimum energy performance level. *1735 is recommended to provide the best ventilation

Minimum Clearances


M Side clearance 20 20 20 20 20 20 20
N Side clearance — hinge side flush with door — full rotation 135 135 135 135 135 135 135
O Side clearance — hinge side flush with
door — 90° rotation
90 90 90 90 90 90 90
P Rear clearance (including evaporator tray) 30 30 30 30 30 30 30
Q Vent (above refrigerator cabinet or
around top of cupboard)
50 50 50 50 50 50 50
R Door clearance — hinge side flush with
chassis — full rotation
520 520 520 520 520 555 645
S Door clearance — hinge side flush with
door — full rotation
405 405 405 405 405 440 530



Your Fisher & Paykel refrigerator is fitted with front and rear rollers, designed for moving the product in the forwards and backwards direction.

Avoid moving the product in a sideways direction as this may damage the rollers or the floor covering/surface.


  1. Your refrigerator will arrive with the front feet wound up making moving the product into its final location a simple task.

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Refrigerator Feet

  1. Roll the refrigerator into its final position making sure there is the correct air gap between the product and surrounding cabinetry. See minimum clearance in  cabinetry dimensions table.
  1. Adjust the front feet down until the refrigerator is leaning backward with the front approximately 10mm higher than the back.  This will ensure a good door closing action.
  1. Aligning your refrigerator with cabinetry.
  • Align the sides of the refrigerator with the cabinetry by adjusting the hinge side front foot.
  • Adjust the handle side foot until it touches the floor and takes a small amount of weight.
  • Once the refrigerator is in place and aligned with cupboards/alcove gently push on the front top and check if the product is rocking or stable.

What to Do If your Product is Unstable

  1. Gently push the refrigerator back until the rear rollers contact the floor.  
  • Measure the gap under the front foot, which has come off the floor.
  • Obtain some solid packing material (hardwood, plastic, etc) Which fits firmly into the gap under the foot.
Note-Icon.png Do not use metallic materials that may corrode, stain and/or damage floor coverings.
  1. Wind both front feet up and roll the product out of position.
  • Place the packing material in the location diagonally opposite the front roller that lifts off the floor.
  • Make sure the packing material stays in place when the Product is pushed back into position.
  • Ideally, the packing material is large enough to rest against the back wall so as to prevent it from moving when the cabinet is pushed into position.

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Unstable Refrigerator

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Stabilizing your refrigerator

  1. Roll the refrigerator back into position and adjust front feet as per step 3 . (Check alignment and door closing action are satisfactory).
  • Make small adjustments to front feet where necessary.
  • Check that the product is stable (all four feet are on the floor).  If not, repeat steps 4 c , 5 and 6.


Before placing food in the fresh food or freezer compartments


  • Remove all internal packaging. Ensure that all transit clips are removed from the refrigerator. These are small rubber stoppers located at the back of the shelves.
  • Clean the inside of the appliance with a mix of warm water and a small amount of liquid detergent, and a soft cloth to remove manufacturing and transportation dust.
  • Allow the refrigerator and freezer to run empty for 2 – 3 hours to allow each compartment to cool to the appropriate temperature.
  • The appliance may have an odour on its initial operation, but this will go when the refrigerator and freezer have cooled sufficiently.


Energy Efficiency

For the most energy efficient use of your appliance:

  • Ensure your refrigerator has adequate ventilation.
  • Do not cover your appliance with any material that will prevent air from flowing around the cabinet sides.
  • Ensure you vacuum around the appliance to remove dust and possible pet hair accumulation. Also keep the appliance and it’s cabinetry free of dust by wiping down with a dry, lint-free cloth (refer to sections ‘Cleaning care instructions’, ‘Cabinet surround’ for your specific model).
  • Allow good clearances in front of air ducts within the cabinet for maximum cold air distribution.
  • Cool hot foods before placing them in the appliance.
  • Do not overfill the compartments.
  • Keep door openings to a minimum.
  • Select a temperature setting that isn’t too cold.
  • Check your door seals for leaks.




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