Residential Refrigerators and Food Freezers
ASHRAE Technical Committee 8.9

Scope of TC 8.9

TC 8.9 is concerned with refrigerators and food freezers intended for use in the home. This concern includes special features; cabinet construction; refrigeration systems and their components; good design practice for performance, safety, reliability and serviceability; and performance requirements and procedures for tests and evaluation.


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This TC is responsible for the following chapter in the Refrigeration Volume

Household Refrigerators and Freezers
This chapter covers design and construction of household refrigerators and freezers. Providing optimized conditions for preserving stored food is the primary function of a refrigerator or freezer. Typically, this is done by storing food at reduced temperature. Ice making is an essential secondary function in some markets. A related product, the wine chiller, provides optimum temperatures for storing wine. Wine chillers are often manufactured by the same companies using the same technologies as refrigerators and freezers. Dual-use products combining a wine storage compartment with fresh-food and/or freezer compartments have also been manufactured.

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