The refrigerator is used to cool food, but not all users understand why you can’t put hot food. In this article, we will discuss how hot food can affect the refrigerator and in what situations hot food can and cannot be put into the fridge in order to avoid premature refrigerator repair.   Spoiled dishes and shelves inside the chamber   Do you remember if you have ever had a situation when pouring boiling water into a jar it broke and the water spilled all over the table? It is by cracking that glass reacts to a sudden temperature change. Of course, nothing will happen to the metal pot in which the dish was cooked, but its hot bottom will certainly affect the glass shelf of the refrigerator. The shelf will not burst of course, because such elements for the refrigerating equipment are made of very strong glass, capable of withstanding up to 30 kg. weight, but the hot pan will have a deleterious effect on it. Putting something hot into the fridge on the cold shelf, small cracks are sure to form on it, which in principle will not be seen at once, but each time these cracks will become bigger and bigger, and as a result, the shelf will lose its initial transparency and strength, and once the moment comes when it simply falls apart at washing, accidental blow or heavy load.   If the refrigerator is equipped with plastic shelves, putting hot soup in it at all is fraught with danger, because the shelf can deform the first time and you will just have to throw it away.   If you put hot glassware into the fridge, it may well burst, in principle this may not seem terrible, but the chamber will have to be washed from the spilled contents of this dish.   Wear of the compressor and overconsumption of electricity   The principle of operation of the refrigerator is designed so that when the temperature in the chamber rises, the temperature sensor gives a signal to the compressor and it starts to catch up with the cold. If you put something hot in the refrigerator, the temperature in the chamber will rise considerably and the compressor will start more often and for longer periods of time until the temperature returns to normal. As a result of the more frequent and longest running of the motor, the power consumption will increase significantly and the light bill will increase accordingly. In addition, this operation increases the risk of premature compressor wear and tear, overheating and subsequent winding burnout can occur as a result of running the compressor too long. If the compressor breaks down, you will have to call a technician to replace it, which will cost a lot of money.   Can I Put Hot Food in a No Frost Refrigerator?   If you put hot food in the refrigerator with the no-frost cooling system, the damage to the unit and neighboring products will be less, because when the temperature rises, the fan will work, which will disperse the air around the chamber, thus distributing it evenly. However, it should be recalled that hot food can lose its flavor when the temperature drops rapidly. Again, crockery and shelf may suffer, in addition, energy consumption will increase significantly.   If you can’t put hot food in the refrigerator, but really need to When you have cooked food “for later” and need to leave urgently for a long time, and during this time it will not only cool down but also have time to spoil, still you should not hurry and put it in the fridge. There are ways to help preserve food and prolong the refrigerator’s life.   Before you put the food in the refrigerator, cool it down to room temperature. Take a large container and fill it with water, then immerse the hot dish there, when the water heats up, replace it with cool water, this way the food will cool down much faster and you can put it in the fridge.   There are units with a special chamber for hot food – “HotBox”. The principle of its action is the same as that of no frost, but the fan is working more intensively and the condensate is immediately removed through a drainage channel into the tank located on the compressor. When the food cools down, the temperature sensor goes off and the fan stops its work, after which you can move the product into the cold room.   Let’s conclude: if you want to protect your refrigerator from breakage and preserve food, do not put hot food in it. This way you will not only save on electricity but also save yourself a lot of costs for repairing or replacing the unit.   Now is the time to call for professional appliance repair service in San Diego County. San Diego County Appliance Repair is here to help with professional and knowledgeable appliance repair so your refrigerator will work like new.    Contact us (619) 719-5005 [email protected]