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The Definitive Answer to "Can I cool my PC with a Fridge?"

post #1 of 6
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No.

It's been discussed to great length, and most come to these conclusions:

Fridges are not designed to handle a heat load- they are meant to bring down their contents to a certain temperature, then hold it there until it is opened back up. Cool back down, rinse and repeat.

Most fridges are designed with compressors with a small duty cycle. A duty cycle? It has to cool down for a certain period of time until it is able to work again, i.e. a 30% duty cycle would mean it would have to cool down for 70 seconds for every 100 seconds it is in use. Going back to the heat load issue, it would be constantly in use, which negates the duty cycle. To sum it up, you would burn the compressor out.

Hopefully this 5-minute write-up helps answer some questions.
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post #2 of 6
Cleared it good for me, especially with the duty cycles, didn't know that. Rep+

Edit:Grrr, can't rep directors...
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post #3 of 6
Hopefully people will let this rest and move onto more interesting pursuits.
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post #4 of 6
Well, if it's just the compressor that's the problem can't we just use one that doesn't need duty cycles ,and could run 24/7 or have 2 that take 'turns' ? There's always going to be an argument.
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post #5 of 6
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In that case, you could- But you'd need to replace the compressor, which means tearing apart the whole thing, makes a mess.
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post #6 of 6
Sticky it and be done with it, theres too many of these threads floating around.
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