Fridge in garage during winter in arizona

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Old 11-12-14, 01:56 PM
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Fridge in garage during winter in arizona

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Hopefully I put this in the right place. A few months ago I bought a Whirlpool GB2FHDXWS09 fridge and put it in my garage. So far ive had no issues, my concern though with winter coming is if it'll work when the temp in the garage goes under 55. I've heard that if it gets too cold in the garage the freezer might not work well.

I live in Phoenix, AZ so in the winter it'll get as low as 30 at night, but during the day itll be in the 60's or 70's. I contacted Whirlpool to see if they have a heat coil thing to increase the temp, but they said they dont.

Any thoughts? Will i be fine, or do i have to do something to increase the temp in the fridge during the winter? If so can anyone point me to a kit to do this?
 
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Old 11-12-14, 02:27 PM
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I have a similar condition, except here in Western New York it will be cold all winter, day and night. I had planned to shut off the fridge and keep the door ajar. But the question is: is it really harmful to run the unit in a below 35 to 30 degree or colder environment?
 
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We have fridges in the garage around here and the only issue is that stuff sometimes freezes in the fridge because it's so effing cold.

Keep in mind that your garage temps will likely be warmer than outside as well.
 
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Lived in phoenix for 12 years and never had a problem with fridge in garage. Even here in NC not a problem.
 
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Old 11-12-14, 03:55 PM
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I have one where it can get in the low 40's to 30's and it says the that on my Kenmore but knock on wood no problem in 20 years. Did have a minifridge go belly up on a cold night but maybe that was coincidence.
 
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Pull the back off where you can lay a 60 watt light bulb on the condenser coils and/or nest to the compressor. Use a timer to only have the light bulb energized at night.

The ONLY problem I can see is if it is too cold the oil may congeal or if REALLY cold a slug of liquid refrigerant could come back to the compressor. Adding a LITTLE heat would solve both problems.
 
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Steve, I'm up north of you and much higher in elevation and we get a little colder. I have a mini fridge that has never had a problem in 8 yrs. Neighbor has a freezer for game meat in his garage, also never a problem.

Unless you leave the garage open all night and it gets really cold in there, doubt there will be any issue.

Don't worry about it.
 
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