Lock on the fridge: views, device, how and which one is better to choose
No matter how functional kitchen appliances may be, there are often situations when it needs to be upgraded by purchasing additional appliances or items. One of these devices is a lock on the refrigerator.
The need to install it occurs when you want to protect the contents of the unit.
Types, device and application of the product
Not every user feels the need for a lock. But, faced with the problem of its acquisition, to deal with the features and existing varieties. This is the only way to choose the best option and not overpay at the same time.
Purpose and design features
On the refrigerator, as well as on any design with a door, it is also possible to hang the lock. Moreover, it will not necessarily be a heavy barn variant - the market is full of modern high-tech devices.
The product of the locking type consists of elements for fastening the external / internal surface of the equipment, the blocking part, which prevents the door from opening, and the control element. The latter can be a latch, lever, key, remote, timer, voice, password, or even a smartphone.
As for the purpose, it is appropriate to close or restrict access to the internal contents of the refrigerator and / or freezer.
Rare Soviet-era refrigerator can still be found in working condition. Often students or communal apartment tenants buy it, in order not to worry about the safety of their food.
Existing types of locks
Initially existing locking devices on the refrigerator can be divided into 2 types: built-in and overhead.
The first ones are used in mini-units, in overall models with a mass of various functions and in specialized equipment - for the trade sector, medical institutions and in industrial refrigeration units.
This option is not for every consumer, and the situations for which there is a need for a lock are different for everyone.
For example, not everyone can have a problem with the lock by buying a fancy refrigerator that is programmed for a certain time of opening / closing the door. Yes, and put such a unit in the kitchen in 5.7 square meters nowhere.
The type of invoice is a separate product to be fixed in one of the possible ways - inside or outside. Products differ in fastening option to the place of the arrangement.
Also, all locks, depending on the type of control can be divided into mechanical and electronic. As the name implies, products of the first type assume a physical effect on the locking mechanism.
It may be:
- key that opens the lock;
- latch - for its operation it is required to press the button;
- lever - it is simply raised / lowered.
The extremely simple device of mechanical models and reasonable price guarantees a good demand. Especially if you need to provide temporary protection for the refrigerator.
As for electronic locking devices, they can be controlled as follows:
- typing on the panel or saying the password;
- answering a quiz question;
- setting the working time on the timer - the door will be open during the specified period;
- pressing the button on the remote control.
These devices are more expensive than mechanical counterparts. They are more durable and look more presentable.
In addition to purchased designs, owners of refrigerators sometimes use alternative solutions. Consider the most original of them.
Rules for selecting the locking device
The range of the proposed devices to protect the contents of the refrigerator is quite rich. And the price of any wallet - from budget options for 100 rubles per pack to several hundred dollars for one unit.
In order for a purchase to be useful and not disappoint, you should take the selection stage as responsibly as possible. For this it is necessary to accurately determine the reasons for which constipation was needed.
In addition, you may need to protect products from the encroachment of employees working in the kitchen of the institution. Or from himself, if there is a buckwheat, often look in the refrigerator in the hope of getting something tasty.
The more serious the enemy, the more difficult the lock will be needed. So, for a daughter / son who knows the world, a primitive plastic or fabric latch on velcro or magnets will suffice.
When choosing them you need to remember that this type of fixtures does not apply to durable. The velcro resource is limited - having hung on a door for a certain period of time, as a rule, from several weeks to a month or two, it will fall off.
Therefore, consumers with experience of use recommend buying a set of 5-10 at once, so that is enough until the child grows up and he can explain that a refrigerator is not the best place to play.
When constipation is required to protect the contents from a clawed pet, here it is necessary to choose more carefully. Often, animals are distinguished by observation and perseverance, so they can cope with a primitive model.
In order to forever close their way into the bowels of the refrigerator, it is better to look at the option more complicated. For example, a magnetic model with a padlock, opening with a code or key. Fasteners-magnets, depending on the model, are able to resist under the influence of physical strength in the 150-170 kg.
For storage of medicinal, narcotic drugs that require a certain temperature or protection from outsiders, a unit with a built-in lock is useful.
Its capacity, functionality and other characteristics should be chosen, having estimated real requirements and volume of drugs which will be located there.
Code lock or a personal key / remote control can help protect your food from employees / neighbors.
For students who have a limited budget and are surrounded by eternally hungry neighbors, a cheaper option would be to equip the food storage with a padlock, choosing the optimal model.
Moreover, if the unit is not the newest, as often happens in dormitories and communal apartments, then such a decision will be the way.
From a loved one, you can save food in various interesting ways, especially when you need to strictly adhere to a specific diet.
But for commercial purposes it is better to immediately buy a refrigerator with an integrated locking mechanism, for example, the company Liebher has several decent options. Their control is carried out from the console.
If the equipment is already available, but there is no lock on it, then it is easy to fix.Having selected the optimal radio-controlled model, it is necessary to install it using the manufacturer's instructions or inviting a wizard for these purposes. Moreover, for several units located in a room of up to 70 meters, you can use one remote control, having built in all the locks.
Depending on the model purchased, the process of its attachment to the refrigeration unit will also differ. When it comes to code or radio-controlled version, here you will need to drill holes in the door and side wall.
This should be done extremely carefully, so as not to damage the insulation. It is important to follow the instructions and use only the parts that come with the lock.
A more massive option - Velcro or magnet. Such a solution is the most popular among buyers of locks. Therefore, we will analyze the installation process using his example.
For maximum comfort when using constipation, it is important to adhere to the following rules:
- If possible, do not remove the Velcro or magnet - so the product will last longer.
- Choose a place for installation that is as high as possible - the door and so will be tightly fixed, and only adults can get the device.
- A homemade version with a chain or cable to protect products from animals will not work - the dog will be able to open the door, which will be enough to get meat, cheese or sausages from the shelf with its paw.
- As a wine rack is better to buy a mini-unit with a built-in lock. He will not let the child / pet / guests get there without the knowledge of the owner.
These recommendations will be useful if you choose a simpler option. Moreover, if the entrance to the kitchen is equipped with a door, then you should always try to close it for greater security of the products contained in the refrigerator.
But when someone else constantly comes to the house, for example, a nanny for a son / daughter, the installation of a complex model will be justified - you can not worry about the integrity of the products. And the child will not be fed strawberries, tangerines and sausage in the absence of parents.
Conclusions and useful video on the topic
Clip about installing the lock on the refrigerator door:
Overview of the fabric strips with a locking mechanism:
How students with the help of a simple door lock solved the problem of their neighbors by slamming it into the door:
After reviewing the device and the types of locking mechanisms used to protect the contents of the refrigerator, it will be easier to choose the best option for your needs. If the choice is made in favor of a simple lock with velcro or magnets, then it is easy to install it yourself. Moreover, even the surface does not have to be drilled - just degrease it.