Freezer (deep freeze) or fridge in the cold garage, is it OK?

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  1. nebula

    nebula Golden Member

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    We're seriously lacking on freezer space and I'd like to get a small chest freezer. The only place I have to put it would be in the garage. I live in MN so it probably gets close to freezing at times in the garage. I have a beer fridge in there now that my in-laws told me to unplug for the winter, b/c it was hard on it. I mentioned that to a co-worker and he said that's no big deal, it will just run less, it was true for older fridges/freezers.

    So, can I put a freezer in my garage and leave in plugged in all year? (and my fridge)
     
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    squirrel dog Diamond Member

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    mine is.I live in Louisiana.
     
  3. Fiveohhh

    Fiveohhh Diamond Member

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    My parents have one in their garage(in MN) and never had a problem with it..
     
  4. notfred

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    Why the hell would cold weather be hard on a refrigerator?
     
  5. nebula

    nebula Golden Member

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    They said something about it "getting confused" or something. Now that I think about it, it really doesn't make sense. Ah, old people, they get confused sometimes! :) Maybe in "the olden days". :p
     
  6. Pepsi90919

    Pepsi90919 Banned

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    um, no. if the thermostat is satisfied it simply will not run.
     
  7. rudeguy

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    if its colder outside than its supposed to be in the fridge, the fridge wont run....

    [/salesman]

    it will work fine...I have been selling them for 4 years, and there shouldnt be any issues doing that
     
  8. nebula

    nebula Golden Member

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    Thanks for all the input. I guess now we can get our freezer and stock up!
     
  9. BlamoHammer

    BlamoHammer Platinum Member

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    :confused:

    THey must have one of those new "Emotion Control" units.
     
  10. Squisher

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    Actually it is a problem. It will shorten the life of the motor and seals will probably fail. Manufacturers don't design freezers to work in cold weather.

    I've heard this question asked on one of those handyman talk shows before and that is the answer they gave.



     
  11. FrOsTxxbYtE

    FrOsTxxbYtE Senior member

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    it should be fine out there
     
  12. DorkBoy

    DorkBoy Diamond Member

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    I have a freezer in my garage I'm in NC. Works great.
     
  13. Guest

    Much of my family has them out in their garage, or unheated enclosed porch areas.
    We reside in western and upstate NY.
     
  14. GeekDrew

    GeekDrew Diamond Member

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    Shortens so much that it will only run flawlessly for 49.5 instead of 50 years.

    On our farm, we have 2 freezers in an otherwise abandoned, detached garage. They've been there for well over 20 years. We also have 2 freezers sitting in a toolshed behind the house. Those 2 have been there for over 25 years. We have freezers on another farm in a barn. They're only about 5 years old though. All of these areas are unheated, and the ambient temperature inside would be within 1 or 2 degrees of what it would be outside.
     
  15. geno

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    Yeah, I'd say hot weather makes the fridge work harder.