Let’s just talk about the safety of the fridge today. So a question which generally arises in the mind of the fridge buying public would be that “Can fridge Explode ?” and the answer to it is very much subjective to what you are thinking.
It is actually possible for a fridge to explode. The fridge is a heat mover and uses a refrigerant (freon, etc.) that is under pressure. The fridge unit and the compressor put pressure on the fluid causing it to release the heat outside of the fridge.
This process continues and maintains a cold temperature inside the fridge.
A weakness in the pressure vessel containing the refrigerant (there are several types), can result in a catastrophic failure, and in some cases, the fridge itself can be destroyed in the resulting explosion.
This is rare, but there are documented cases where this has happened.
Another possibility for a fridge exploding can occur if flammable gases from external sources accumulate under or inside the fridge.
An electrical arc from the switch activating the compressor or other electrical components could result in the ignition of these gases, and cause a fire or explosion.
The source could be fumes from paint or gasoline, or from something volatile stored in the fridge. This is a more common cause of fridge explosions.
The reason fridge explosions happen is usually due to the fridge’s compressor. The compressor is located at the back of most fridges. It contains a motor and pump which pushes a gas refrigerant through the compressor’s coils.
When that gas cools down and turns into a liquid, it soaks up the heat in the fridge and cools the items inside.
But sometimes, the back of a fridge can get hot as the refrigerant moves through the compressor, causing the coils to contract, which traps the gas. This makes the gas unable to properly vent and it can burst through the compressor’s coils, creating an explosion.
How to Prevent:
To prevent a fridge explosion in your own home, clean your fridge’s coils to make sure that they’re not clogged.
You should also invest in a newer fridge, as modern fridges usually have a heat shield to prevent this from happening, but some models, especially older ones, contain plastic that is highly flammable, and they may also lack other modern safety features.
Disclaimer: This site provides information on the basis of research and doesn’t guarantee any outcome. We just aim to provide our opinion.