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I have a refrigerator in my unheated garage. How do I keep it working in sub freezing weather? mikescheetz@yahoo.com

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It will not work in sub freezing temps, the thermastat will not kick on if the temp is below 34 thus the freezer coil will thaw and anything is the freezer will melt, anything in the fresh food section below 32 will freeze 60 or below not recomended

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Now that you see how the thermostat works, let's look at what happens when the fridge is placed in an unheated space - like a garage. In winter time, the temperature can drop considerably below 38 degrees. If the outdoor temperature remains cold enough, for long enough - it will affect the thermostat in the fridge. The temperature inside the fridge could drop below 38 degrees, preventing the thermostat from telling the compressor to turn on. Meanwhile, the temperature in the freezer compartment slowly rises from the normal -10 to 0 F degrees. It will continue to rise until it is the same temperature as the fresh food compartment or until the thermostat in the fresh food compartment tells the compressor to turn on again. This means the freezer contents will thaw.

If the temperature in the garage is even in the 40 to 50 degree range, the loss of cold in the fridge may not happen often enough to keep the compressor coming on often enough to keep some freezer items frozen solid - such as ice cream. Remember, water freezes at 32 degrees F, other products may require lower temperatures to remain frozen, and could thaw at 28 or other temperature.

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HAVE A GE PROFILE SIDE-BY-SIDE REFRIGERATOR ABOUT 10 YEARS OLD THAT NEEDS A GARAGE REFRIGERATOR KIT INSTALLED. IN MY UNHEATED GARAGE AND NOT WORKING IN FREEZING TEMPERATURES. TRIED A 100w LIGHTBULB...


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GE recommends minimum ambient air temp above 55 degrees,
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As an example. If the garage temperature was 10 degrees and the machine was left unplugged. What would the temp be in the fresh food section. If you said 10 degrees, you would be right.

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