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The freezer stops working when the room temp drops below 60

Everything in the freezer compartment thaws out after the ambiant room temperature is below 60. the fridge is at a seasonal residence and all of our food in the freezer spoiled when we returned after 1 week away without heat

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Refrigerator operation is controlled by the internal temperature . When there is very little ambient heat available to leak in to cause it to cycle more frequently and there is no door traffic to be a heat source the freezer temperature will increase. Keep the room heated to a higher temperature or remove frozen products is the answer. A small chest type freezer will keep food frozen while you are away and have the heat turned down.

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