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Use it in winter if appliance is in a cold area

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What does the code E5 mean on my fridge freezer? It's turned on but not working.


E5 on Freezer Display Ambient temperature sensor error Unplug the refrigerator and check the wiring connections in the ambient temperature sensor circuit. If the wiring connections are okay, replace the ambient temperature sensor. If the problem persists, replace the electronic control board. Ambient temperature sensor, Electronic control board

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Hi ive hoover hrfa54w fridge freezer just over a year old. Ive noticed freezer is starting to defrost sometimes the freeze again....its in a holiday cottage so often in a very cold ambient temperatur


Ambient temp will cause the thermostat some confusion. There's probably nothing wrong with the fridge, my freezer doesn't like being in the outhouse. Only alternative is only switch on when you are there or move it to a cupboard where you could put a low output source of heat just enough to keep it happy. Then get it out when you are there?

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Will freezer work in low ambient temperature (i.e. 26'F)? I have a GE refrigerator/freezer (c. 1983) in a cabin which gets winter temps around 25 degrees. I found the freezer contents had melted and then...


The compressors are rated for ambient temp. and most refrigerator compressors are rated for abour 50 degrees F

to answere your question yes the ambient temp is a problem.

And as for the Thawing, the refrigerator will go into defrost every 8 to 10 hrs and turn on the heater inside the freezer for about 30 min.

You can also cause damage to the seal system and the compressor because the oil will become slugish inside the compressor.

In other resarch I found that because of the ambient temp the freon gas (mostly the newer freon's) won't work corectly because they stay in liqued form.

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thermoelectric needs a good heat dissipation. Give the unit a good ventilation to dissipate the heat, you will cool the unit. The cooler the ambient, the cooler the box. Remember not to reverse the switch, you will get a heated box instead.

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Refrigerator light stays on even when door is closed.


Turn off the Low Ambient Switch on the upper panel of the Refrigerator door. That will turn it off.

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Hi, Well not much to go on but this is not a complicated unit. Please bear with me as we go back and forth for this type of long distance troubleshooting. The control board on this type of unit uses ambient temperature and that is what should be displayed when first turned on. Knowing that; the unit will not run if the setpoint is lower than the ambient temp. The unit operates on 27F degree difference from ambient. So lets do this, unplug the unit, remove your stuff if any, open the door for a couple hours till the unit stabilizes to room temp. Close the door, plug the unit back in and note the display. Move the setpoint to just below whatever your room temp is, if there are dashes it indicates a temp problem or the sensor that needs to know the difference. Good for now, let me know. Thanks and Good Luck!

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Hi i recently replaced my norcold 642n 3 months ago. It is very cold here overnight the frigde warmed up and is not cooling this is such a pain can it be too cold outside


I don't know about that brand in p[articuallar but there are several manufacture's that do not recommend that you keep refrigerators in too cold of ambient because they for 1 have no control for low ambient conditions. so this could be your problem your experiencing

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Appliaance shuts off at low temperatures


Most refrigerators cycle on and off based on the fresh foods temp. If the ambient temp is 10C and you have it set for 4C, the unit does not have to run much to satisfy the temperature control, and the temp in the freezer section will warm to + C range. (likewise, if the ambient drops to -C range, it won't mater if you set the fresh food section to +4C, it won't heat the air, and the fresh food section will eventually reach the -C ambient temp.) The only solution is to move the appliance to a warmer location or heat the room it is in. This is the only Fix-Ya for your refrigerator.

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New Fridge/Freezer placed in Garage,when ambient temp falls freezer stops working


You do not say what type of Fridge/Freezer it is. Some types will not work in cold ambient temperatures, ie unheated garages.

Check the user instructions, if it does not say anything about this, get onto the service department for advice.

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