Patent Number: 6,253,561

Title: Refrigerator with switching valve switching flow of refrigerant to one of refrigerant passages

Abstract: A refrigerator includes a compressor, a condenser for liquefying a refrigerant discharged from the compressor, a plurality of refrigerant passages disposed at a downstream side of the condenser, a switching valve for switching a flow of refrigerant to one of the refrigerant passages so that the refrigerant liquefied by the condenser flows through the selected refrigerant passage, the switching valve including a valve body, and a controller for controlling the switching valve so that the switching valve performs a switching operation upon expiration of a period of time sufficient for an interior of the valve body of the switching valve to be filled with the liquid refrigerant after start of the compressor.

Inventors: Imakubo; Kenji (Ibaraki, JP)

Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba

International Classification: F25B 5/04 (20060101); F25B 41/04 (20060101); F25B 5/00 (20060101); F25D 017/00 ()

Expiration Date: 07/03/2018