American-style fridge freezers have become quite popular over recent years due to their storage capacity. They are by far the largest appliances we’ve ever needed delivering to our homes since the Aga cookers. This article is designed for anyone thinking of buying an American-style fridge freezer focusing on potential delivery problems that you may be unaware of, or which may not have crossed your mind.
Do you need to leave a fridge or freezer to stand before plugging it in after it’s been delivered (or after moving house)? Yes, but it’s not possible to quote a definitive period of time it should be left for.
Frost free freezers and automatic defrosting fridges, how do they work?
Frost free fridge freezers are very popular and auto defrosting fridges are a great convenience. In a frost free appliance the cold air is blown round the freezer using a fan. On modern refrigeration the evaporator (which is the plate that gets cold) is hidden behind the plastic wall inside at the back of the food shelves. When working correctly you can usually see small beads of ice randomly scattered on the back wall unless it’s in a defrost cycle when you may see water.
Help and advice by an engineer, on how refrigeration appliances can be adversely affected by the environment that they are placed in. If the temperature surrounding the appliance moves outside its climate rating specified by the manufacturer (Climate Classes for fridges, freezers and fridge-freezers) they can stop working.
Fridges, freezers, and fridge-freezers are all designed to operate in specific temperature ranges (climates). If you place one in a kitchen or in a separate room inside your house it’s likely that it will operate as intended (although it’s not advisable to place a refrigeration appliance next to a heat source such as a radiator or a cooker, or even in strong direct sunlight).