3 Way Caravan Fridge Freezer

What is a 3-Way Fridge?

Most 3 - way fridges operate on an absorption style principal, the 3 - way absorption refrigerator requires the delivery of heat to start the fridge operating.  Daltons law of partial pressures is the foundational operating principal of absorption type refrigerating systems. This is how and where the name 3 - way derived from, three ways of providing the application of heat.  Firstly, is your 12-volt supplied off your house batteries or whilst towing the battery from your vehicle.  

Second, is your 240-volt power supply whether it be a direct 240-volt power supply from a camp site, residential housing, or from a backup generator also using an appropriate heating element.  Last but not least is you Lpg gas supply delivering you the option to have a chilled fridge almost at any given time whilst upon your travels using a small gas flame.  These refrigerators are designed with what is commonly known as a furnace.  It can be identified at the rear of the fridge and is insulated to hold the heat in and has a small flu (exhaust) from the top.

 

 How Does It Work:

The 3-way construction uses ammonia as their refrigerant, combining water and hydrogen to continuously cycle the ammonia.  The 3-way refrigerator has five main components:

  • Absorber - The main purpose of the absorber is to absorb the ammonia gas.
  • Condenser - Is where the hot ammonia gas is cooled and condensed to create liquid ammonia.
  • Evaporator - Where the liquid ammonia evaporates removing heat inside the cabinet.
  • Generator - Generating ammonia gas.
  • Separator - Does the job of separating the ammonia gas from the water.

 

The basic function of the 3-way fridge is that heat is delivered to the generator by one of the three heating systems.  In the generator is a mix of water and ammonia, the heat raises the temperature of the mix until it is boiled.  Once the boiled mix climbs to the separator the water is then separated from the ammonia gas.  The ammonia gas then flows upwards to the condenser.  The condenser incorporates metal coils with fins that allow the ammonia gas to dissipate its heat and condense to form liquid ammonia. The liquid ammonia makes its way to the evaporator, where it mixes with hydrogen and evaporates removing heat from inside the refrigerator cabinet.  Then the combined mixtures of ammonia and hydrogen gases flow to the absorber.  Here, is where the water that has travelled from the separator is mixed with the ammonia and hydrogen mixture ammonia readily mixes with water and returns to the generator while the hydrogen does not mix, so it is separated for return to the evaporator and so the cycle continues as long as heat is provided to the furnace.  

Keeping the 3-way refrigerator level is one of the most important procedures of running theses type of fridges.  When the appliance is not level the combining liquids do not circulate correctly there for causing the cycle to stop.   

 

What Are the Advantages:

  • Quiet and efficient operation
  • Availability of 240 volt, 12 volt and gas
  • Avoiding the use of moving parts
  • Easy to maintain
  • No need to start your vehicle to power your fridge when operating on gas​

 

​What Are the Disadvantages:
  • Unable to operate unable to operate correctly on un even grounds
  • Draws high current on 12-volt applications
  • Ventilation is required to an outside portal
  • In elevated temperature climates may struggle to effectively cool down

Technical Tips:
  • Make sure there is adequate ventilation through an external portal and fridge surroundings
  • Be sure to use the correct size wiring on installation, most commonly used is 6mm twin sheath
  • Check the dimensions of your fridge before purchasing the appliance to save on installation fees as it can get quite costly to re design internal surroundings and cabinetry.

 

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