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Freezer not working in garage top mount freezer on refrigerator

Sears people says that with the new coolant, the freezer will not work in an unheated garage, the refrigerator is working just not the freezer
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Sears is technically correct. It wouldn't work with the old coolant either. The principle is simple. The refrigerator is the same temp as your garage - it is not running. It must be in a 60 degree room to work properly. The sensor to turn it on is in the fresh food compartment, and it never calls for cooling; therefore it appears you freezer only is out - but they both work together. Hope this helps!

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