Keeping an old refrigerator running in an uninsulated garage can cost more than it's worth. First, you'll have to heat it in the winter to make the freezer work; then it needs more power in the summer heat. If you have to have it, here's how to make it work.
By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine:December / January 2010
Find the model number of your refrigerator
and contact the manufacturer's parts
department to see if it offers a garage kit
for your unit.
You may be able to solve your problem
by installing a “garage kit,” a heating
coil to warm the air around the
thermostat. The warmer air makes the
compressor run longer and keeps
frozen food, well, frozen. Check with
the manufacturer to see if it makes one
for your model.
But before you shell out $20 for the
kit, consider how much you’ll have to
spend to keep your brews chilled and
pizzas frozen in the summer. Your old
fridge is less efficient than your new
one, so it’s already costing you more
to run. Add 25 percent to run the old
clunker in an 80-degree garage. Then
double the bill if it’s running in a
garage at 90 degrees and up. Are you
sure you want to pay that much just to
save a trip to the kitchen?
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.
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