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Freezers in freezing temps

I just got a 4 cubic foot freezer, and we'd like to keep it in an out building, which isn't heated. Outside temps go down to vero around here sometimes. Will it hurt the freezer to keep it there? Will it operate properly?

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  • floyd234 Jan 27, 2009

    Thanks Billy. Your experience tells me that I can most likely keep my little freezer in freezing temps, which is a big improvement over what I knew before. I guess I'd feel better if someone told me that they repair freezers for a living, and haven't ever seen any that were damaged by the cold. Perhaps I worry too much...

  • floyd234 Feb 02, 2009

    Thankyou peyton. I got the unit used. No manual, no labels on it.

    Guess we'll make room in the kitchen!


  • floyd234 Feb 04, 2009

    Ok. Now I'm confused. Since nobody knows who anybody is here, I think it would be great if ya'all told us who you are, and from where you get the information you're posting. An appliance repairman? A refigeration engineer? Someone who owns a freezer? Tell us why we can trust what you say. Then, we can all truly benefit from this forum. Thanks in advance. floyd


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Hi Floyd...your freezer will work ok in an out building, but a 'larder fridge', or fridge/freezer will not.
I've got three freezers in my garage working perfectly for years

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  • william whittaker Feb 04, 2009

    I'm sorry Peyton, you are mistaken, any single freezer like Floyds will work better in lower temperatures.

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    I'm a retired refrigeration engineer with over 30yrs experience in repairing domestic fridges and freezers.


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In an effort to help you avoid food loss I must disagree wiht the previous solution. your owners manual should tell you that using the unit in an area exposed to temps below 45f may and will cause long off cycles and improper operation.  thanks peyton

Posted on Jan 31, 2009

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    peyton thompson Feb 04, 2009

    I have 22 years expereince in strictly domestic refrigeration repair I am a direct manufaturer repair representative for frigidaire and whirlpool. 

    I am not trying to get into a p****** match but wether the unit will operate in that cold of an ambeint area or not doesnt negate the fact that the manufacturer strictly states in the product manual that it must be operated in an area with temps above 45f. this prevents long off cycles and liquid slugging of the freezers compressor. ultimatley its up to the consumer which one to beleive but I'm just stating exactly what the owners manual says. 

    Have a nice day and sorry for the confusion. peyton


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