On Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at 11:44:07 PM UTC-4, James Printy wrote:
I just bought one with coils on the back. It is a small hotel sized one (not the mini dorm size, but just slightly under 18 cu ft.) I was very careful moving it, those coils run the full height of the fridge and look very fragile.
On Sat, 13 Oct 2007 09:27:20 -0700, jetgraphics wrote:
I bought a medium size Estate (Whirlpool) top freezer model fridge 2
years ago for beer, pop, and bottled water and the condenser coil is on
the back. I think it's around 15 Cu Ft or so. I'm not sure and this is
just conjecture but where a larger fridge say 25 Cu Ft needs higher
capacity, performance is increased with a forced air condenser. Also makes
sense about blowing warm air over the defrost pan as another mentioned.
My theory: look at the volume occupied by a rear-mounted condenser with
the appropriate amount of air space behind the fridge (and above it as
well). That's a lot of volume that isn't storing anything cold. By
using a fan-cooled condenser, the refrigerator case can be about 3
inches deeper and a couple inches higher and still fit into the same
space without projecting any further into the room. That gives a
significant increase in inside room if the box insulation remains the
same thickness, or allows thicker insulation (for better efficiency)
while keeping the interior volume the same.
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