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5 Tips on Keeping Your Refrigerator in a Garage

upright freezerA refrigerator is one appliance that you’re likely to find in every home. While most people prefer to keep it in the kitchen, a refrigerator or a freezer can be placed in a garage especially if you’re using the space as an extension of your living area. However, special consideration must be made during winter to ensure it’s working efficiently. Here are five tips on how to keep a refrigerator or freezer in a garage:

1. Placement

The ideal place to keep your freezer in a garage is on a flat, dry and cool floor. Freezers that are put in cool places tend to save energy. However, according to Consumer Reports, “check product specifications if you plan to put the freezer in an unheated area, such as a garage.” Aim to keep it away from a window, but the top and back should get enough air circulation to prevent overheating. If placed in your garage, the freezer will work twice as hard in summer to keep your food frozen.

2. Extreme Temperatures

The most common issues you’ll hear during winter is that a garage freezer is not that cold or making ice at a fast pace. This is because during winter the temperature in the garage can get too low which can affect the compressor. If the compressor malfunctions, the freezer becomes warm. In such a scenario an expert in refrigerator repair service can help sort the problem and prevent your appliance from getting affected by temperature fluctuations. Avoid trying to fix the appliance as it can make the problem worse.

3. Convenience

There are different parts of a refrigerator such as a thermostat and compressor. All components need to be in good condition for your appliance to be in optimum working condition. If one part malfunctions then your fridge will not work, and you increase the chances of your food spoiling. When your refrigerator or freezer needs a tune up a professional and experienced refrigerator repairman can help diagnose the problem.

4. Design

The design of your fridge can assist in determining whether or not it will function properly in unheated spaces. The chest freezer design which opens at the top tend to have tight seals but take up more floor space. On the other hand, upright refrigerators help in organizing food, but their seals are not as tight as the chest style. While you can maximize the space in your house by placing your freezer in the garage; its design will determine how much space will be occupied.

5. Energy Saving

According to the Department of Energy, “ENERGY STAR-qualified refrigerators use 15% less energy than non-qualified models.” Therefore no matter which freezer you put in a garage always opt for a design that has the Energy Star label. Also, go for those with tight door seals to help save energy consumption.

Placing your refrigerator or freezer in the garage can help save on space, time and energy. A freezer can also save you the extra money and time needed to make frequent trips to a grocery store. Your appliance will stay in good shape with maintenance scheduled with a qualified refrigerator repair service technician.

Photo by Stephanie Dillingham from Flickr using Creative Commons license.

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