Electricity consumption continues to decline even as interior volumes expand. This requires optimizing insulation materials and design; TE offers connectors that can be foamed in place to reduce assembly time and minimize insulation voids.
The wiring harness interconnects the Control Board to the various components throughout the refrigerator, such as comnpressors, temperature control switches, temperature sensors, ice makers, fans, etc. A typical wiring harness would include power and signal connectors, terminals and splices, heat shrink tubing and labels.
Basic refrigerators control cooling directly from thermostats. Higher-end refrigerators control temperature, cycle to reduce frost, control icemaking, etc. from a Control Board. A typical Control Board will have wire-to-board power and signal connectors, sockets and relays.
The compressor forces refrigerant through a throttle as part of the cooling cycle. There may also be a control circuit mounted near the compressor to control speed or duty cycle. Magnet wire or splices are used to connect the winding of the compressor to the control circuit or power source. These connections may also be within a hermetically-sealed connector or an integrated I/O for faster assembly.
The evaporator warms the freezer compartment and evacuates moist air with a fan to prevent frost. Evaporators are connected to the wiring harness using individual terminals or multi-position connectors like MATE-N-LOK.
The ice maker freezes incoming water into cubes for dispensing. Ice makers are connected to the wiring harness using individual terminals or multi-position connectors like MATE-N-LOK.
A thermostat or temperature switch is set at the desired internal temperature. The temperature sensor controls the compressor to maintain this set temperature. Temperature switches and sensors are connected to the wiring harness using individual terminals.
TE offers a wide variety of lamp connectors for wire, flat flex cables and flexible etched circuits.
TE offers a wide variety of transformer connectors for wire, flat flex cables, and flexible etched circuits.