refrigerator types


Appliance Medic has helped 1,000’s of homeowners over the last 20 years and has extensive experience working with most all major brands of refrigerators.  Problems with your refrigerator could add up to big trouble if they are not quickly addressed and can result in food spoilage, waste and even illness.

Refrigerators should maintain the proper temperatures for food storage – 37 to 41 degrees Fahrenheit – to slow the reproduction rate of bacteria that can create food spoilage and illness.

Refrigerator Types:

  • Top-Freezer Refrigerators
    Top freezer models were the most common design for refrigerators but now offer less features than the newer models. Their design may makes some top shelf freezer items and bottom shelf fridge items difficult to reach.
  • Bottom-Freezer Refrigerators
    A fridge with a bottom freezer makes refrigerator items easier to reach without bending. Access to frozen items may be more limited than top freezer models, however.
  • Side-by-Side Refrigerators
    Side-by-sides are configured so that the fridge and freezer are placed directly next to each other, putting both types of food within easy reach. They offer adjustable shelves and handle larger plates and platters more easily, but offer less fresh food storage than traditional models. They may also offer additional features such as door-mounted ice and water dispensers.
  • French Door
    French door models offer a side-by-side refrigerator on top with a freezer on the bottom, and a wide variety of additional features. They are very versatile and efficiently accommodate a wide variety of foods.
  • Compact Refrigerators
    Made for tight spaces like dorm rooms, home offices, or underneath counters, compact models provide less capacity than standard units.
  • Freezerless
    Freezerless models offer an entire compartment for refrigeration for those that have full sized freezers.
  • Counter Depth or Built-In
    These refrigerators are shallower than other models allowing them to blend seamlessly with cabinetry. They come in a variety of designs.

Repair vs Replacement:

If your refrigerator is not holding temperature or is not working at all, consider having an expert perform the repairs – particularly if your refrigerator is generally in good shape.  Sometimes replacement is the best option but many refrigerators, once repaired and working properly, can last for many more years.  Call today if you need appliance repair for your refrigerator.