Things to Consider for Your Garage Refrigerator and Freezer

December 19, 2018 Published by Leave your thoughts

It’s a common practice for homeowners—having a second refrigerator in the garage to use for beverages and extra storage. It might seem like a simple setup job. All you need to do is put your fridge in the garage in the desired space and plug it in, right?

Unfortunately, it’s not always this easy. You’ll need to be aware of potential conditions that could affect the refrigerator’s performance, as well as the performance of the freezer.

Here are a few tips from a company specializing in refrigerator repair in St. Peters, MO.

Temperature of your garage

The most common problem experienced by homeowners with their garage refrigerators is a garage being too hot or too cold for the fridge to operate reliably. If the garage is not insulated, it will be susceptible to drastic temperature changes as the seasons pass.

Most refrigerators are only designed to work inside homes, where the temperature is kept at a relatively consistent temperature all year long. The fluctuating temperatures of an uninsulated garage can mess with the performance of the fridge. If the weather gets too hot, the fridge will have to work overtime to keep everything cold, causing more wear and tear on important components of the equipment. If the temperatures get cold (freezing or below), the fridge might not work at all, and again could result in components being damaged.

Make sure you check the owner’s manual of any refrigerator you purchase, and see if there are any guidelines for operating temperature under the “installation” section. It should give you a range of temperatures at which the equipment is capable of operating.

Insulation

Beyond just making sure you have a refrigerator capable of operating through extreme temperature swings, you might consider building out an insulated area in your garage specifically for your fridge (unless you simply wish to insulate the entire garage).

This new insulated area could just be a small plywood shed inside the garage that’s only large enough to contain the fridge, and a little extra space with a heating or cooling device put inside and some insulation on the walls. As long as you’re able to keep the ambient temperature right around your refrigerator within its operational range, it doesn’t really matter what steps you take to insulate.

There are other benefits associated with insulating your entire garage, though, if you have the money to commit to the project. It can be better for other pieces of equipment you keep in your garage, as well as your vehicles, as they won’t have to start up in colder temperatures. It also gives you more flexibility with the kinds of items you can store in your garage all year long.

For more information about how you can get the most out of the operation of your garage fridge and how you can set yourself up for success with regard to avoiding the need for refrigerator repair in St. Louis, MO, contact the team at Crews Appliance Repair today. We look forward to assisting you!

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