Whats the difference between a refrigerator and a freezer as far as
the compressor and mechanics of it? The compressors all look about
the same. Are they more heavy duty in freezers, or are they the same
and it's just all in the settings? Or could it be there are more
coils in a freezer?
I've been helping a friend with a broken freezer and his food was
thawing. I suggested using a spare refrig and turning it up real high
until he can get another freezer because he had a repair company come
and they said his compressor is dead. Seems the refrig is working
pretty well for freezing until he gets another freezer.
Both have a compressor, both have evaporator (cooling) coils, but the layout
is different. One unit is designed as single purpose, the other is
designed to maintain two different temperatures in the same box. In a
typical upright freezer, the shelves are a wire grid and have the cooling
coil running through them making the entire box fairly even
temperature-wise. The refrigerator cools the freezer hald and then blows a
portion of the cold air into the other side of the box to cool it down.
Rather than maintain an even temperature, the two sides can be 30 to 40
A refrigerator may be able to cool down below freezing, but it will not
operate as efficiently and probably won't get the larger compartment down to
as low a temperature. In a pinch, go for it, as you have done.
On Fri, 24 Sep 2010 18:53:17 -0500, email@example.com wrote:
When I lived in Chicago, our refrigerator started freezing the
lettuce. We found another fridge in the basement of the building and
3 of us dragged that up the back stairs to be a fridge, and decided to
keep the first one as a freezer. Then we bought a quarter of a cow,
well, that's what they call it but it's only about a quarter of the
meat and selected organs from a cow. The three of us and one other
ate 4 meals together a week, and it took us at least 4 months to eat
the whole amount. We didnt' have meat every night, I'm sure.
I suspect the fridge isn't insulated as well as the freezer and costs
more to operate, but that's a guess. In 1969, we didn't know from
We pretty much all moved out in June, and we turned over the apartment
to friends of one of us. I don't know what they did with the
I've seen plenty of equipment, where the same gas has been used for a
refrigerator, or a freezer.
A unit which contains a freezer needs a way to defrost. Either with a
timer, and heater. Or, to be defrosted by the user as needed. A
refrigerator only, the evaporator is typically above the freezing
temperature, and doesn't need complicated defrosting.
A freezer has a lower suction pressure, the gas returning to the
compressor. So, they need to use a "low back" pressure. Larger suction
valve sizes, and possibly higher compression ratio.
Of course, that means that a referigerator only unit will have medium
or high back pressure compressor.
Dual units like most household refrigerators contain low back
compressors, to serve the freezer side.
Running a refrigerator "turned up real high" may cause defrost
problems after a while. Might also lead to frost in the refrigerator
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