Originally Posted By: Gino Conner
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Kevin is the one closest on track with this situation.
This post is a little old now, but I can guarantee you that it was very cold in this garage. This is just the nature of how an refrigerator that is designed to be indoors functions when it's placed outdoors, in a freezing or near freezing environment.
The freezer and the refrigerator only receive their cooling when the compressor is running. The fridge is designed to be in an warmer indoor temperature environment, usually 65-85 degrees. The stat that turns the compressor on does so based on the temp in the fridge, not the freezer.
The compressor is not running very frequently because the fridge portion is not needing cooling because it's in the cold garage temperatures.
The closer to freezing it is in the garage the less the compressor will run, and the less the compressor runs the less cooling the freezer portion receives. If you brought the temps in the garage up closer to room temps you would find the freezers stays cool just fine.
There is nothing wrong with the freezer of the refrigerator(s) or the electric. Just the nature of the beast when kept out in a garage. You can try adjusting controls colder for both the freezer and the fridge. This will help a little bit as the freezer will take longer to turn warm when the compressor is not running often, and the compressor will run more often trying to keep the fridge colder.
Short of heating the garage, or burning a lightbulb constantly in the fridge to intentionally warm it making the compressor run more often, you just have to deal with it. They just weren't designed to operate well out in the cold. On some cheaper models with smaller cheaper compressors, the oil in the compressor can become too thick and cause premature compressor failures by running them in freezing temps. ![icon_cool.gif](upload://oPnLkqdJc33Dyf2uA3TQwRkfhwd.gif)