It could be argued that the refrigerator is the most important appliance in your home. It is certainly one of the most common ones. They are found not just in homes, but also in gyms, restaurants, offices, hotels, and more. They enable people to store perishable items for themselves or for large groups, which is why they come in a wealth of sizes as well. Unfortunately, they are mechanical items, which means they will break down every once in a while. This is why you need to know which are the main refrigerator parts, and how you can replace them.
Finding Refrigerator Parts
There are numerous online stores where you can purchase refrigerator parts. Finding them is therefore quite easy, but you do have to do a little bit of research so that you actually find the right company. Make sure their parts are guaranteed and preferably that they are recommended by the original manufacturer. That way, you will know that you have something that will actually work.
The Different Parts to Consider
Refrigerators are quite complex machines. At their core lies a thermal insulated compartment. Additionally, it is fitted with a heat pump, through which any heat created is removed. If there is a problem in either of those two parts, the fridge won’t work properly anymore. Luckily, these parts are reasonably easy to find and to replace, meaning that you don’t have to go out and purchase a whole new fridge. You do have to figure out which part is the problem, however. Usually, however, it is one of the following.
- The Refrigerant
This is perhaps the most integral part of the entire appliance. When the temperature changes, it goes from gas to liquid, or the other way around. In the past, fridges would have CFCs, or fluorocarbons, to achieve this. However, we now know that they cause a lot of environmental damage. Hence, refrigerants are now usually made using ammonia instead.
- The Evaporator
The evaporator absorbs the heat from the fridge and evaporates it into air. It does this through the liquid refrigerant.
- The Heat Exchanging Pipes
If you look at the back of your fridge, you will see numerous coils. Those are heat exchange pipes. They transport the refrigerant all through the unit itself.
These are the three main parts of the domestic refrigerator that are likely to break. However, other parts can also fail. The compressor, a heavy metal part that compresses the refrigerant, may also break down. This is because a powered motor is used to raise the pressure of the refrigerant, and faults can happen within that.
Other parts also exist and it is vital that you find out exactly what is broken before you replace it. Furthermore, you must make sure that you are confident about what you are doing in terms of the actual replacement. If you are not sure, it is best to hire a professional to come out and do it for you.