12:08PM | 10/06/08
Member Since: 10/05/08
3 lifetime posts
In the case of not having a special factory made part installed (as in the case of Frigidaire) to compensate for environmental temperatures that fluctuate between 32F (minimum in the night) and 40F or over (in the day) (winter temperatures), could it be technically possible to install a special adaptation so that the freezer compartment temperature of a no frost refrigerator does not fall out of its specified range. As I can see it, this would involve adapting a make shift thermostat installation in the freezer compartment so that the compressor would function within the desired range of the normal freezer specifications and would have to override the bottom compartment thermostat so this arrangement would function. As I can see it, the fresh food in the compartment down below would freeze because of the added functional work time of the frig. This being the case, would it be feasible in setting up a resistance such as a certain wattage of an incandescent light bulb for heat generation to be put in the bottom compartment so that every time the make shift thermostat would kicked ,it would generate heat? Could this be a feasible alternative for winter operation and so as to be reverted to normal factory specified conditions during the summer? Where could I get the parts? Would there be any other disadvantages in a technical sense? An additional inquiry: does the compressor stop functioning in an ordinary frost accumulating refrigerator or independent chest box freezer (no non frost) in the environmental temperature range of 32F to 40F? Thanks a heap for responding to a loaded inquiry.


11:30AM | 10/07/08
Member Since: 11/11/02
2271 lifetime posts
** a light bulb for heat generation in the bottom compartment so that every time the make shift thermostat would kicked it would generate heat? **

That might work on refrigerator designs which use the temperature of the fridge compartment to determine the running of the compressor. Not all do.

** Could this be a feasible alternative for winter operation **

Only if the ambient temperature didn't get much below freezing point (if it got that cold at all).

** Where could I get the parts? **

If you were intending to switch a power source dependant on proper freezer temperature, I would think any freezer thermostat would work. How you would mount and wire it I have no idea.

You can see one universal freezer thermostat which is available at the following link:

- VF3 Universal Freezer Thermostat


** Would there be any other disadvantages in a technical sense? **

If the temperature got too cold (like below freezing) the refrigerant might not circulate and or change states properly and the oil in the compressor thicken to a point of putting too much strain on it, causing it to fail prematurely.


Dan O.

The Appliance Information Site



08:13PM | 10/12/08
Member Since: 10/05/08
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THANKS A LOT with capital letters Dan O
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