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What's wrong with transporting a refrigerator on its side?

After referring to some good online resources such this, I know why we shouldn't transport it laying down. Compressor is filled with oil which is critical to its operation. In the normal upright ...
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Why was Freon used in spray cans before it was declared a threat to ozone?

Spray cans work by containing a propellant which has a boiling point a small amount below room temperature. When the can is sealed the liquid and vapour reach equilibrium at a relatively modest ...
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Difference in energy consumption between empty fridge and fridge filled with bottles of water

The fridge works by pumping heat from its interior to its exterior. The amount of work it needs to do is proportional to the amount of heat entering the interior (and also the temperature difference ...
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Difference in energy consumption between empty fridge and fridge filled with bottles of water

If you have unused space in the fridge, then it's better to fill it with something than to leave it air. This is because every time you open the door, less air will be exchanged with the room, so ...
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Difference in energy consumption between empty fridge and fridge filled with bottles of water

There are two aspects to this. First if your fridge is filled with anything other than air then you will save the energy associated with cold air escaping whenever you open the door. However if you ...
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How to size a refrigeration compressor based on an evaporator size?

When designing a refrigeration system, the first thing you need to know is the temperature you wish to heat/cool something to and the temperature of the source/sink you are pumping to or from. You ...
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Can Peltier Modules be practically used to cool a room?

Peltier thermoelectric cooling modules can be used to cool anything you like. It will not be economical compared to a standard off the shelf air-conditioner (R-134A compressor cycle). If you source ...
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Should we protect our AC's outdoor unit from sunlight?Does it increases the durability of an AC and its refrigerant if it is well shaded?

An AC uses a large volume of air for cooling. Air in the shade is the same temperature as air in the sun. Yes sun will heat the outside of the unit but it will have a small effect on the cooling air....
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Should we protect our AC's outdoor unit from sunlight?Does it increases the durability of an AC and its refrigerant if it is well shaded?

Direct sunlight increases power usage and wear of the unit. The cooling efficiency depends directly on temperature gradient - difference between temperature of the coolant and ambient air pushed ...
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Can a Peltier's device (i.e.Thermoelectric cooler) achieve cryogenic temperature efficiently?

There is no way to get around the physics in this case. The fundamental issue here is that peltier effect refrigerators are individually extremely inefficient, and stacking them in essence "stacks" ...
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Why are there no propane refrigerator air-conditioning units that run on solar heat?

It is a lot more efficient to convert the solar to electricity and run a decent heat pump for AC and normal refrigeration. Absorption refrigeration is expensive, bulky, not terribly versatile, and has ...
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Why are there no propane refrigerator air-conditioning units that run on solar heat?

This was my senior team project in engineering school, in 1974. Here were our findings: The power needed to run a small absorption refrigerator can be supplied by a solar collector of about 32 square ...
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Identify this textbook

Thermal Environmental Engineering 3rd Edition by Kuehn, Ramsey & Threlkeld (1998), Pearson.
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1 Ton of Refrigeration

While defining 1 Ton of Refrigeration (TR), why doesn't some specific value of pressure come into definition? Isn't freezing water (to ice) related to pressure? If yes then why do we go away with it ...
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Relative inefficiency of doorless fridges at supermarkets

The doorless models (this was the photo in the question when I answered it) aren't as inefficient as they appear to be. Whenever someone opens a regular fridge door, its cold air pours out onto the ...
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Store seeds at 1°C

The temperature control in a fridge is pretty crude. The evaporator is in the freezer and the compressor is controlled with an electric thermostat. The fridge portion however relies on convection from ...
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Why aircraft refrigeration uses a centrifugal compressor in place of reciprocating compressor?

I expect it is the capacity , large building AC units are also radial or axial ; smaller units are recips. And as commented , likely there is a weight advantage. I put this question in the Aviation ...
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Cooling system to maintain 0.5 °C at 95% humidity

At near-freezing temperatures, the amount of water vapor in the air to get 95% relative humidity is tiny, this is no problem. I recommend filling 55 gallon poly drums on pallets with water, park them ...
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Why don't refrigerators have parts outdoors?

In the winter, you're paying to run the refrigerator when you shouldn't need to run it at all. However, since we're also paying for heat and the refrigerator is generating heat then our furnace doesn'...
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Why don't refrigerators have parts outdoors?

I agree that it doesn't make sense for the refrigerator to heat up an air-conditioned space in the summer. Also, if the temperature is below freezing outside, why not just locate the fridge in an ...
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What's wrong with transporting a refrigerator on its side?

The theory is that the fluid can cause an air (well gas) lock that prevents the fluid moving around the system and the lack of fluid damages the compressor, or the fluid can get into the compressor in ...
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What's wrong with transporting a refrigerator on its side?

I been told by a number a fridge maint. People Their rule of thumb is how ever long it lays on its side,, leave it upright that long before plugging it in . Will give oils time to drain back down to ...
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What's wrong with transporting a refrigerator on its side?

I have been shipping refrigerators on their sides since 1976; that adds up to thousands of times. I tell the customer that it is the biggest wives' tale ever. I tell the customer to allow two hours ...
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Can a Peltier's device (i.e.Thermoelectric cooler) achieve cryogenic temperature efficiently?

Does the stacking of peltiers device shows promising results in achieving the cryogenic temperature? If you consider actually working in devices that are working in satellites to be "promising", then ...
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Should we protect our AC's outdoor unit from sunlight?Does it increases the durability of an AC and its refrigerant if it is well shaded?

In this type, the rated power is determined in such a way that the outdoor unit is not in any way protected by shadows or shields; That is, the outer plate casing essentially casts a shadow on the ...
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Should we protect our AC's outdoor unit from sunlight?Does it increases the durability of an AC and its refrigerant if it is well shaded?

The possible air flow restriction caused by a shade or awning will more than offset the advantage of slightly cooler air ( provided by shade) entering the compressor/condenser. I see nothing on my ...
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Save money with using a refrigerator correctly - blowing cold air to the back of it?

Foundations The CoP of a refrigerator uses the cold heat flow and the work input, expressed as $\dot{q}_c / \dot{w}$. The Carnot expression based on temperature is $T_c / (T_h - T_c)$, where $T_c$ is ...
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Modelling a refrigeration cycle in Excel

You can do this. I set up a sheet using vlookup to interpolate through fluid characteristics and because the source data I used (from steam tables) had a 5 degree increment I had to build an ...
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What is the idea behind an expansion valve?

Have you ever held your hand in front of a spray of atomized liquid from a can of liquid sprayer such as an air freshener? It's cold! Because the molecules of liquid have consumed heat energy of ...
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RV HVAC and Fridge Freezer on the same coolant loop?

The refrigerant is chosen to match the internal temperature ie fridge or freezer or cabin and reject to above ambient. Above ambient is the same for all, but you idea fails as the internal temperature ...
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