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Old 07-08-2013, 09:44 AM   #1
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Frig Freezer in Winter?


Our ski cottage is shut down between uses. We drain the water & use a heater to keep minimum heat in the basement. The kitchen temperature may go down to 35-40 degrees. We have freguently found bad food in the freezer. A retired local tradesman has told us the frig/freezer can not work properly when its in that
cold of a environment. Can anyone confirm this? What are our alternatives given todays energy prices??
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Around here (in Ontario)people leave their freezers plugged in all winter long in their unheated garages. Its fine as long as its out of the wind.

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If the ambient temp. is less then about 35 deg. F, the thermostats not going to tell the ref. to turn on.
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There might be some other reason as freezer is not working properly. I donít think so that Cold environment has any link with this machine, it has its own proper set up of working , in cold or hot.
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Most Refrigerator/Freezers have a single thermostat for the unit. It works on the refrigerator temp. As the ambient temp drops, the compressor runs less and less frequently. The less than normal operation of the compressor is not enough to keep the Freezer section cold.

Refrigerator/Freezers are designed to operate in conditioned spaces and do not work well in prolonged low temps.

The simplest solution to your problem is take an ice chest with you. Bring the frozen food home with you.
If you want to keep it at the cabin, buy a small freezer (not a ref/fr) to keep the frozen stuff frozen.
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Most Refrigerator/Freezers have a single thermostat for the unit. It works on the refrigerator temp. As the ambient temp drops, the compressor runs less and less frequently. The less than normal operation of the compressor is not enough to keep the Freezer section cold.
Yep.

If it was a freezer only, it would work fine. But refrigerator/freezers don't do well.
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