Our fridges work hard to ensure our food is kept fresh for longer. Yet, despite the vital importance of fridges in our day-to-day life, most people are unaware of how their fridge works. In this useful guide, we will explain how a refrigerator works, explaining the appliances’ key components and the processes it uses to keep our food cold.
Refrigerators work by process of evaporation. By compressing and depressurising refrigerant, fridges create cool air which is then circulated to keep food fresh.
Fridges help preserve food by removing the heat from the inside of the appliance. In a similar manner to a freezer, a fridge uses the process of evaporation to keep food fresh.
All fridges feature a compressor, which is a pump that compresses refrigerant in gas form. The refrigerant gas is released and condensed into a hot liquid. Once the refrigerant has passed through the condenser coils, it travels to the evaporator coils cooling compartment, where it expands into a gas, making the coils cold in the process. Finally, the gas flows back to the compressor where it is converted into a liquid as the cycle continues.
If you’re looking to keep your fruit and vegetables fresher for longer, consider our HarvestFresh™ fridge freezer models. Using innovative three-colour light technology, HarvestFresh™ cleverly mimics the sun’s natural 24-hour light cycle, preserving the vitamins and nutrients in your fruit and vegetables for up to five additional days, compared to a standard crisper drawer.
The answer to ‘how does a fridge thermostat work’ is relatively straight forward. Every fridge will feature a thermostat that controls the temperature of the refrigerator.
To understand how a fridge works, it is important to first answer the question ‘how does a fridge compressor work?’ The compressor is the heart of a refrigerator, it compresses and pumps the refrigerant around the system, increasing pressure to give off heat externally in the condenser and reducing pressure to absorb heat inside the cabinet in the evaporator.
An appliance referred to as ‘Frost Free’ means that the freezer will automatically defrost any ice build-up on a daily basis. A typical frost-free cycle is 20 minutes of defrost for every 8 hours accumulated refrigeration. The process of this cycle is as follows:
A number of Beko fridge freezers feature our Frost-Free technology, which automatically defrost themselves. If you’re looking for a new fridge freezer, consider our range of Frost-Free fridge freezers.
Our range of fridges feature both plumbed and non-plumbed water dispensers. How your water dispenser works will depend on which model you own. Generally, when a user presses the plastic lever located on the refrigerator’s door, a valve is then opened in the appliance which then releases chilled water.
Our non-plumbed water dispensers sit neatly on the fridge door, leaving more room for you to store your groceries. The easy-to-fill tank holds up to 2-litres of water, providing chilled drinks whenever you need. To maintain your appliance, it is important to clean your water dispenser regularly. To keep your water dispenser hygienic and fresh, we’ve put together a handy how-to clean the water dispenser in your fridge freezer guide.
Now that you have all the information, you need about how a fridge works, why not browse our full range of fridges.
Or, if you’re looking for an appliance that features both a fridge and a freezer, explore our range of fridge freezers.
If you have any questions about your Beko fridge, we are here to help. For more information, including detailed video guides, explore our dedicated refrigeration how-to guide. We do not recommend that you try to repair the appliance yourself. If you are experiencing issues with your fridge please contact Beko’s Customer Service at 0333 207 9710 for assistance. Our expert support team will be more than happy to assist and organise technical assistance for you.
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