I heard it matters where the compressor is located. Is this true?


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Kinnek Knowledge Team

It is true that compressor location matters.  For example, a top mounted compressor will free up more storage room and will generally keep the fridge cooler than a bottom mounted compressor (though bottom mounted compressors are generally easier, and thus cheaper, to service).  Depending on the refrigerator these issues may be more or less relevant, so if you are concerned, speak with your supplier about the effect of compressor location in your desired refrigerator.

May 16, 2014

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Joshua Austin from Prima Supply

It is certainly true that this is a debated issue.  There are two camps on the issue, with brands like True Manufacturing advocating a bottom-mount, while others like Delfield Turbo-Air tout a top-mount configuration.  

The argument goes as follow: bottom-mount fans boast that bottom-mount units are easier to clean and maintain, offer better access to food stock, and lower strain on the unit in hotter conditions (heat rises, so a unit located higher up needs to work harder). Other people reason that a top-mount setup do not trap as much dust and debris (a major source of clogs in the evap coils), do not require a service tech to stoop down to work on the unit, and don't blow hot air into the cabinet when the doors are opened.

There are pros and cons to both setups, but as long as you choose a solid company, you won't go too wrong with either configuration; it is more of a question of preference.

Feb 12, 2016

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