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The American Fridge Freezers Plus How We Got Them

By Dola Raheem

The range of modern American fridge freezers, are the result of over one hundred and fifty years of development. It all started in 1857 in Victoria, Australia where a man named James Harrison made an ice making machine and system of refrigeration.

His invention was used in brewing and meat packing industries in the region of Victoria. Two years later a Frenchman names Ferdinand Carre of came up with another design in 1859.Earlier designs had used air as a coolant, but this new method had rapidly expanding ammonia instead.

In 1922 the absorption fridge was invented by von Platen and Carl Munters. They were studying at the Royal Institute of Technology at the time. Their design was given a worldwide audience by Electrolux as they put them in to production. The compact refrigerator was patented by a man named Carl Von Linde.

Before Von Linde came up with the practical model refrigerators were a two room affair with mechanical parts. The compressor and motor in a basement or a room next door to the kitchen where the cold box would be store food.

It wasn’t just the size and installation costs that meant that refrigerators were not able to be mass marketed. The astronomical cost of the machine alone, were far beyond that affordable by the average household. Part of the benefit of cold food storage was that you saved money on wastage. The costs involved refrigeration meant that you had to be using the system commercially to justify having it. The main use was for food producers to keep their products fresh before going to market.

In 1927 a design that was made popular had it’s workings sat on top of the fridge. The appliance made by General Electric was mass produced to the tune of over a million units. Now the home appliance market could really take off as people were finally able to afford to have a refrigerator in the kitchen. Using sulfur dioxide there are some working models still around today but they can not be legally refilled. Sulfur dioxide is dangerous to humans and animals and so the use of this system had to stop.

In the thirties in the United States refrigerators had found their way in to around 60% of households. Europe lagged far behind and it was the seventies that saw the same sort of percentages across that side of the Atlantic. The style of the American fridge freezers is now used all over the world and it’s easily recognized. The side by side design which usually has an ice dispenser at the front.

It was in the forties that separate freezers were popularized but mass production was not immediate. It was after the end of world war two that they were in more and more households. The peoples uptake on the separate deep freeze system was helped by advances in defrosting which was now automatic.

Today, freezers and refrigerators are in all homes and can be all sizes. They range from beer can coolers to massive ocean going vessels. In development now are smart fridges that can tell what is used and then create your shopping list and notify your local shop when you require a delivery. With this and other things in the pipeline the future generation of fridges will be something to look forward too.

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