An explanation of the difference between remote and self-contained refrigeration equipment

Remote or Self-Contained? What's the Difference?

There are two basic types of display case refrigeration technology out there—self-contained, and remote.

Self-contained cases refer to refrigerators / freezers that have all the refrigeration components inside the case itself (like the refrigerator you would have in your house). The idea is that you set it in place, plug it in, and it works. Some self-contained display cases will need a condensate water drain.

Remote cases, on the other hand, contain only an evaporator and fans to blow the cold air. The condensing unit is installed in a remote location (anywhere outside the case), and connected to the evaporator in the case (or multiple cases) via refrigeration lines. By removing the condenser and placing it in an external location, the amount of noise and heat inside your establishment can be greatly reduced.

Take a look at this blog post for a more detailed exploration of the pros and cons between the two types of refrigeration technology.

We sell, install, and service everything you need for your refrigeration equipment in the Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana, Ohio, and Illinois area. If you are outside those states, the necessary condensing unit and refrigeration lines will need to be purchased and installed by a local HVAC technician. We would be happy to recommend a service company in your area. Please contact us for more information.