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rowiga

05:44AM | 10/06/05
Member Since: 06/08/05
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We have two refrigerators, one of which we were thinking about keeping in the garage. We don't know if there's a problem with keeping the refrigerator in the garage since the garage isn't heated. The temperatures will definately go below freezing through the winter, even inside the garage. Is that going to cause a problem with the refrigerator?

--Bob

DanO

10:42PM | 10/06/05
Member Since: 11/11/02
2267 lifetime posts
** The temperatures will definitely go below freezing through the winter, even inside the garage. Is that going to cause a problem with the refrigerator? **

Yes.

Even if the temperature just dropped to below 50°F, you'd have a problem with most frost free refrigerator models. Below freezing would need considerable modifications to continue to operate properly.

There is only one brand of domestic refrigerator/freezer which will work unmodified in temperatures down to 0°F (-17°C) and that is Whirlpool's Gladiator® line. There are 2 models (see the following link), freezer on top, or bottom.

- Whirlpool Gladiator Garageworks Chillerator & Freezerator

LINK > http://www.appliance411.com/data.php?srch=Gladiator+freezer

JFYI

Dan O.

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Billhart

05:49AM | 10/07/05
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
This came up in another forum and at least one manufacture has a kit for cold weather operation of their refigerators.

Don't remember who it was. And the kit was was of those "hidden secretes".

"No one" knew that it existed, but it could be ordered by the part number.

However, there is another problem, maybe more so for older refigerators.

The freezer won't work correctly. When the space gets cold and the refigerator does not gain any heat then it won't have to run and the freezer section will warm up.


DanO

10:04AM | 10/07/05
Member Since: 11/11/02
2267 lifetime posts
** at least one manufacture has a kit for cold weather operation of their refigerators. Don't remember who it was. **

Frigidaire has a kit for some of their top freezer refrigerator models but it is only for temperatures down to 34°F, not below freezing.

** The freezer won't work correctly. When the space gets cold and the refigerator does not gain any heat then it won't have to run and the freezer section will warm up. **

That depends on the design of the refrigerator. Most frost free top-mount freezer models *do* sense the fridge compartment temperature to turn the compressor on and off and would experience the problem you describe.

Many SxS models however sense the freezer compartment temperature and *would* be able to maintain proper *freezer* temperature but might not control the fridge compartment properly (depending on the model's actual design).

It still would have problems with below freezing temperatures which would thicken the compressor oil too much for it to operate properly... for long.

JFYI

Dan O.

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rowiga

08:54AM | 10/25/05
Member Since: 06/08/05
24 lifetime posts
Thanks for the information....

I have a similar question I guess. It appears that we will be moving the spare refrigerator indoors although this means more work for me...lol. Anyway, we have a spare washing machine and portable diswasher. Will storing these in an unheated garage that will reach temperatures below freezing be a problem? My wife was saying that it may be necessary to put some kind of anti-freeze in one or both. Also, if I don't work quick enough to prepare to move the refrigerator, will it be a problem if it sits in the freezing garage unused?

--Bob

DanO

10:29AM | 10/25/05
Member Since: 11/11/02
2267 lifetime posts
** spare washing machine and portable dishwasher. Will storing these in an unheated garage that will reach temperatures below freezing be a problem? **

Very possibly. The problem with such appliances in there there is usually at least some residual water in part of them which could freezer and damage components.

** My wife was saying that it may be necessary to put some kind of anti-freeze in one or both. **

RV antifreeze is usually safe for the materials involved and could usually be used. Just make sure whatever is put into the dishwasher is food-grade (ie. non-toxic).

What can be done is put the antifreeze in and run the appliance through a drain cycle until the antifreeze can be seen draining. When that occurs, most of any remaining water should have been displaced or diluted with the antifreeze and would likely no longer freeze under most conditions.

** will it be a problem if [a refrigerator] sits in the freezing garage unused? **

It shouldn't except that mold or mildew could form inside the appliance if left closed. The doors should be left ajar* so that any residual moisture can evaporate harmlessly.

*Care should be taken so there is NO possibility any children can get trapped and suffocate inside the cabinet while being stored unused. Even if there are none in the household, you never know about visitors or neighbour kids.

JMO

Dan O.

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rowiga

11:11AM | 10/25/05
Member Since: 06/08/05
24 lifetime posts
I appreciate your help Dan. Thanks.

--Bob


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