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All About: Compressors

It’s thanks to five basic components that your refrigerator runs: fluid refrigerant, condenser coils, evaporator coils, expansion device, and the compressor. Together, these components work to cool your food. But how exactly does the compressor play a role in this?

How a Refrigerator Works
The compressor constricts the fluid refrigerant’s vapor, raising its pressure. Then, the compressor pushes the vapor into the condenser coils on the outside of the refrigerator. When that hot vapor meets the cooler temperature of the kitchen, it becomes a liquid, which then flows into the coils inside the freezer and fridge. The cool refrigerant absorbs any of the heat inside the refrigerator, cooling it down. The refrigerant then evaporates back to a gas and flows back to the compressor, and the cycle starts over.

Types of Compressors
There are multiple types of compressors used in commercial refrigeration equipment. These include:

  • Ammonia compressors: This compressor converts ammonia refrigerant into freon.
  • CO2 compressors: Similar to ammonia compressors, this converts CO2 into freon.
  • Duel screw compressors: This compressor uses leakage flows to power the compression.
  • Reciprocating compressors: Used in both commercial and residential refrigerators, this is the most common type of compressor and uses pistons to pull and compress the refrigerant.
  • Screw compressors: A rotary-type mechanism helps to compress refrigerant, reducing the overall energy output.
  • Scroll compressors: Spiral discs nest together to compress, conserving energy during the refrigeration process.

Frigitek
When you’re considering purchasing a new commercial refrigeration unit, you want something that will benefit your bottom line. That means a reduction in CO2 emissions, lower evaporation from stored food, a longer motor life, and lower maintenance cost. Frigitek, a single-phase design, can be used in walk-in refrigerators, restaurants, retail stores, and florists. Easily installed, Frigitek can help you save 25-35% of your energy costs and can even outlast your refrigeration system.
All Temp, Orlando refrigeration professionals, has been providing top-of-the-line refrigeration services for over 20 years. To see how Frigitek can help increase efficiency, lower costs, and boost your bottom line, give us a call today at (407) 857-7800. We work with you to make sure all of your refrigeration needs are met.

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