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Can I put a refrigerator in my garage?
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Many people run a refrigerator in their garage during the summertime to store extra cold drinks and such for parties and cookouts, but refrigerators are not designed to be in cold areas. If the temperature goes too low, you will cause excessive wear on the compressor. If you decide to leave it in the garage all winter, you should turn it off, clean it out, and leave the door slightly ajar. This will help prevent mold and mildew from accumulating in the refrigerator. If it gets too cold outside, depending on how your self defrost system is set up, it may not defrost well.
The thermostat, located in the refrigerator part of the appliance, senses when the temperature rises above the set level and turns on the compressor causing the freezer to cool and pushing the cold air produced in the freezer part into the refrigerator part.
For a refrigerator located in the garage, where the air temperature gets much colder, the thermostat does not sense a rise in outside air temperature and therefore, never kicks the compressor on. Because the compressor does not come on, cold air is never produced in the freezer. The temperature in your freezer, therefor, begins to rise.
To prevent this from happening, install a garage refrigerator kit. The kit gets installed next to your refrigerator's thermostat and produces a small amount of heat which "tricks" the thermostat into thinking it is in a much warmer environment. The compressor turns on and allows the freezer to produce more cold air.
A garage refrigerator kit will provides the proper heat source to keep the refrigerator working properly while in very cold temperatures.