I am ready to purchase a new refrigerator to replace the one currently kept in my garage. I was told the new refrigerators should not be kept in the garage, because they can no longer handle extreme temperature changes. Can you confirm this and explain if it is true?
By Kay from Cincinnati, OH
Well I would call an appliance center and ask to talk to manager, who will get info for you. Or if your current in house fridge is older, swap them out, or go to estate sale and get nice older type. I like to buy from estate sales because often older people bought that one last piece of furniture or appliance and took great care of it, so still has a lot of life in it.
I keep an extra fridge in my well house as we have a big garden in the summertime, and I keep fresh produce there. My experience has been that the fridge works and keeps things as well as when I used it in the kitchen, but the freezer doesn't work well. It will keep foods frozen in the summer, but not in the cold. Our well house temperature is controlled by a heater that kicks in if it gets colder than 40º to keep the pump and water tank from freezing. I keep things like flour, oatmeal, and bread in that freezer during the winter. In the summer months it works fine.
Harlean from Arkansas
We have always kept a fridge in our garage. It has worked well. The only problem is the older appliance will suck the electricity. So is that is a concern, don't do it. Otherwise, it will keep doing well. We mostly keep sodas and extra condiments in it. I also use the freezer (top style) for most all items. Just be sure you check on it if you have items that will spoil if it does go off!
Alot of people around here have a second refrigerator in their garage. Unplug when you don't need it, to conserve energy and keep the electric bill down. The only time you should really need it is when your having a party or something. Remember to keep the door(s) ajar so it doesn't mildew.
If it's a new refrigerator, they may not cover the warranty if something happens due to extreme temperature fluctuations. However, I've had garage refrigerators my entire life and they lasted as long as the ones inside the home. They will use more energy however than in your house. A good resource is http://www.garage-detailer.com/garagerefrigerator.html
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Will a refrigerator in the garage cause ozone tire damage? We want to put an additional fridge in the garage, but were warned about this possibility due to ozone being generated by the compressor's motor.
In March or April, you can put stuff back in the freezer. If you go to a appliance company, or look on line, you will see they now make what they call garage refrigerators that have a special element so this does not happen in a cold unheated garage. Let me know if you find out any other information. (01/17/2008)
The booklet that comes with refrigerators and freezers may indicate that information. We were told that when the oil in most compressors gets extremely cold, it gels up and stops lubricating, thus burning up the compressor. The compressor motor is sealed so the gas inside can't escape. The sealed refrigerant gas is bad for the ozone, but cannot escape the compressor. It is pumped into a recovery tank by a professional after refrigerators and freezers are disposed. (01/17/2008)
Steve, from Blair, NE (01/28/2008)
If the temperature is below freezing, most refrigerators will not heat the refrigerator, and items in the refrigerator will freeze. One can put a small light bulb in the refrigerator to keep it warmer (this is what old pop machines used to do), but it still is a problem in areas with really cold winters. (02/02/2008)
For $8 I got a metal clamp-on lamp. I put a 60 watt bulb in it and pointed it directly at the compressor. In about 30 minutes the compressor warmed up and started running. Overnight the fridge and freezer went back to the set temps of 40 degrees F and 10 degrees F and have operated fine since. The lamp is switched on during cold spells and off otherwise. I have no idea how long this will work, but is has been OK so far.