One fridge compressor or two? If you're in the market for an upright compressor fridge, this is one question you need to think about.
The compressor is the heart of your fridge, so choosing a fridge with one good compressor and you'll be happy for many years. Choose a fridge with two compressors, and it can take your fridge performance to a whole new level.
So, what's the benefit of two fridge compressors? What are the drawbacks? Should you choose one fridge compressor or two? Let's look at the facts:
It comes down to the fridge size.
You'll find that some larger fridges have two compressors, such as the two larger Evakool Elite models. That's because a compressor is designed to handle a certain amount of cooling capacity (measured in Watts). If you throw more products in the fridge, the outside temperature heats up, or your kids keep opening and closing the door, your compressor needs to work harder. It runs for longer and consumes more power - reaching its maximum cooling capacity.
But with two separate compressors, the load is split. One compressor works on keeping the freezer cool, and the other on keeping the fridge cool. So your fridge is better able to maintain its cool and operate efficiently in the hotter temperatures.
Two fridge compressors don't use as much power as you might think.
Sure, in certain conditions more power will be used, but only marginally. At the end of the day, there's no use having a super power-conserving fridge that stops keeping things cool as soon as the mercury hits 32 degrees C.
Another advantage of two fridge compressors is if you don't need the fridge or you don't need the freezer, you can turn off either side. For example, if you have consumed all your frozen goods, just turn off the freezer. The result? Massive power saving.
You have a back-up in case of a fridge fail.
With two fridge compressors, you can have confidence that, if one compressor was to fail, you can still use the other compartment. Because cabinets are so well insulated on today's upright fridge models, the compartment where the compressor has failed can still be used as an icebox / cooler for your food and drinks. Disaster averted!
There's a limited number of models with two fridge compressors.
Fact is, it's not that common yet. Evakool's new range of Elite RV fridges have two models which contain two compressors: the 145 Litre 12/24 Volt Compressor RV Fridge and 208 Litre RV Fridge.
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DISCLAIMER* Please note, this advice is general in nature and we strongly recommend consulting the product manual and where relevant, a professional installer.