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Freezer won't work in garage in cold weather

I have a Kenmore side by side refrigerator (Model #59262990) that is in our unheated garage. It works fine during the summer months, but the freezer stops working in colder weather. Is there anything we can do to keep the freezer working out there all year long?

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  • light3828 Dec 25, 2008

    I have the same problem.  Both the freezer and the fridge quite working when the garage got to around 0F

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Modern fridge/freezers are built to automatically defrost themselves. To do this they require that the room temperature is well above freezing to allow the defrost to take place. If you site the freezer in too cold an environment it is unable to defrost itself and will eventually stop working. It sounds strange but if it is too cold the freezer cannot work. The solution is to buy and fridge/freezer that does not automatically defrost itself if you want it to work in a cold environment.

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  • pmr59 Nov 29, 2010

    As this problem also affects fridge/freezers that no not automatically defrost themselves, it is unlikely that this is the cause.

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