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Outdoor refrigerator operation
« on: February 08, 2013, 07:02:30 PM »
Many of us have a second refrigerator in an unheated location.  :oops:  I've got both a refrigerator/freezer and a chest type freezer out in my 1600 sq/ ft. steel building. The chest freezer performs fine.

However, the refrigerator/freezer does not. When ambient temps approach freezing, the freezer portion seems to drift up to near freezing while the refrigerator temperatures remain cold.

Is this normal? I have the thermostats adjusted to the factory recommended settings. The freezer control is nothing more than a vane that directs refrigerated air to the freezer at the top.

Is there anything I can do to help keep the freezer section below freezing when ambient temps get near freezing? I have thought of moving all the freezer contents to the chest unit and using the refrigerator portion only. Is this my only alternative?

Thanks for the help.  :thanks:
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Re: Outdoor refrigerator operation
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2013, 07:41:08 PM »
Yes, not designed to be in garage, to cold temp., manual say 58-87 degrees.
Whirlpool makes a refrigerator/freezer that works well in the garage called a garagerator.                  Only cost about 2,500.00.
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Outdoor refrigerator operation
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2013, 07:55:15 PM »
Only to 32 degrees I think any colder and not worth it my thoughts only

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Re: Outdoor refrigerator operation
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2013, 08:53:45 PM »
I am unsure of your direct model but Frigidaire calls for 55-95 degrees for the unit to work properly. The thermostat is located in the fresh food section, and at normal set point will cycle around 38-40 degrees. The unit does NOT know the temp of the freezer, it is a direct ratio of cooling. In normal operating conditions, when the unit calls for cooling, the direct ratio of cooling will keep the freezer frozen. Frigidaire makes a COLD KIT for their top mounts manufactured after 2001. The chest freezer does just fine because THAT thermostat is calibrated for roughly 0 degrees at normal set point. :D

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Re: Outdoor refrigerator operation
« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2013, 08:10:27 AM »
I am unsure of your direct model but Frigidaire calls for 55-95 degrees for the unit to work properly. The thermostat is located in the fresh food section, and at normal set point will cycle around 38-40 degrees. The unit does NOT know the temp of the freezer, it is a direct ratio of cooling. In normal operating conditions, when the unit calls for cooling, the direct ratio of cooling will keep the freezer frozen. Frigidaire makes a COLD KIT for their top mounts manufactured after 2001. The chest freezer does just fine because THAT thermostat is calibrated for roughly 0 degrees at normal set point. :D

Yup, you're correct.

I guess I'll just have to heat the garage so that the refrigerator is happy...(now let's see, a new heat pump,  :P air handler, some additional insulation  .....or, maybe a wood burning stove or a LPG setup...   :-\ ).

 :thanks:   
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