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Need a freezer for garage in the Dakotas

I need to purchase a small freezer and the only space I have for it is in an unheated, insulated attached garage. I recently moved to the Dakota's where the weather can get quite cold. I am receiving conflicting information from friends, some say it is OK, others say the cold weather will cause the freezer to stop running because lubricating oils and/ or compressor will fail and others say only a manual defrost is OK. I have checked manufacturer's sites and cannot find this problem addressed. Your opinion? Thanks.

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Refrigeration units don't care for the most part how cold it gets with exceptions. The oil is not a concern, neither is manual or auto defrost. Refrigeration units that are required to operate in cold temperatures, say below 30 degrees F. have crankcase heaters on them to heat the oil which keeps freon moving out of the oil and the bottom of the compressor. Otherwise when the compressor starts the cold freon will we sucked out of the bottom of the compress with a large quantity of oil which can destroy the compressor. Another item used for cold weather application is a fan control sensor which keeps the condensing temperature up or the unit will again remove the oil from the crankcase. It may work fine for a quite a while, but it will fail in continuously cold temperatures.

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