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Old 04-30-2016, 08:34 AM   #1
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Discoloration of flooring under fridge


Has anyone found a way to keep the heat from the refrigerator coils from discoloring the flooring under it,
I'm about to add laminate flooring to my kitchen floor. My fridge is a single stand alone. When I move it out to do my yearly vacuuming of the coils I see the floor
all discolored yucky orange like.
So I'm thinking of putting masonite under it but would that really help?
so I'm putting the question out there to my many advisers who may have a remedy.
So if i were to move the fridge to another location in say 3 years there would be no scorched mark on the laminate floor. I think you get the picture!

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Ps unit is 8" from the wall for better air flow, and about 2" above the actual flooring on wheels.
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#1, Laminate flooring in a kitchen is just a bad idea.
One water leak and it's trash.
This area is only seen once a year and remains hidden the rest of the time so why is it issue?
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#1, Laminate flooring in a kitchen is just a bad idea.
One water leak and it's trash.
This area is only seen once a year and remains hidden the rest of the time so why is it issue?
Hi Joe !

Your Right Joe !
I'm getting fussy in my old age, worrying about what it looks like under the fridge.


As for the water leaking < I know about the dangers, << there is always a first time.
But after 37 years here and well maintained equipment. I'm just going to chance it. That's why I tiled the bath two weeks ago, with Porcelain flooring. My wife wanted laminate, because tile is " COLD " here in Mi. "oh well use a rug ?" I told her.
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What flooring is in there now? Sheet Vinyl gets yellow with age and heat--I've never noticed yellowing of laminate under a fridge---
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What flooring is in there now? Sheet Vinyl gets yellow with age and heat--I've never noticed yellowing of laminate under a fridge---
Hi Mike
It's sheet vinyl .
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Your new flooring will be just fine without any special treatment---
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you need to test whatever you put on the floor. some flooring is soft enough that when something heavy is moved on it, the flooring gets damaged. been there done that.

also, what i do = put a piece of plywood, or 2 boards where the fridge goes. make this wood about 1/8"ish higher than what the final flooring will be. then, when the fridge needs to be moved, you lay down a piece of masonit and roll the fridge onto that.

and whatever flooring you do use, laminate is not a good one, make sure you have many extras stored away. to use as replacements for damaged flooring.
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you need to test whatever you put on the floor. some flooring is soft enough that when something heavy is moved on it, the flooring gets damaged. been there done that.

also, what i do = put a piece of plywood, or 2 boards where the fridge goes. make this wood about 1/8"ish higher than what the final flooring will be. then, when the fridge needs to be moved, you lay down a piece of masonit and roll the fridge onto that.

and whatever flooring you do use, laminate is not a good one, make sure you have many extras stored away. to use as replacements for damaged flooring.
MY True Love has an Idea She asked what if we were to leave those moving pads under the wheels. If I recall last year when I did my coil cleaning the fridge moved real easy even with the wheels on the pads.

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Just remember tat refrigerator wheels don't turn. They roll in one direction only.
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Just remember tat refrigerator wheels don't turn. They roll in one direction only.
Your right especially when the fridge is loaded. A piece of masonite or pre cut ply at box store is easy to pick up and install.

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