The common components found in all types of refrigerating equipment regardless of their construction type, are the mercury switch, the capacitor, and the door gasket.
|Sensor for lid closure on chest coolers
|In the appliance cover, behind the control lights.
|Drop of silvery moving liquid encapsulated in a sealed glass capsule, which might be protected by a case.
|Mercury switches need to be removed for separate treatment. Make sure not to break the vial. Store separately to avoid shock. Keep it in a sealed recipient, in a cool place away from any heat sources or direct sunlight.
|Capacitors are required to assist the startup of asynchronous single-phase motors
|Capacitors may be present in all types of refrigerators and freezers and are located close to the motor
|Capacitors are cilindrical in shape and have at least two electrical connections (tabs or wires sticking out)
|When dealing with older appliances, Capacitors may contain PCB. PCB-free condensers with castor oil have been used in more modern appliances (since approx. 2000).
|Capacitors need to be removed for separate treatment
|The seal ensures airtight closing of the refrigerator door.
|The seal runs around the perimeter of the door's inside face.
|The seal is an elastic ribbon, usually white.
|Door seals are usually impregnated with fungicides, i.e. treated with biocides.
|The seals are barely suitable for recycling. The door seals can be frequently replaced, i.e. easy to remove. However, this is not always the case for all appliances and manufacturers.
Insulation can consist of foam panels or vacuum insulation panels, which both require a different strategy.