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Kenmore 253.68889014 too warm in cold garage


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#1 crosstalk

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Posted 19 December 2011 - 08:56 AM

Hello. I noticed this morning that my garage refrigerator/freezer is too warm. The freezer was 20F and the refrigerator was 50F. I moved the temp. control a bit more toward "colder." It's colder in the garage these days (air temp probably 35-40F), but is it normal to have to adjust the control when the air temp changes?

When I moved the control to colder, the compressor started and cold air was blowing from the evaporator in the freezer and making it's way down the duct to the refrigerator, so I assume the sealed system is ok. I will recheck the temps tomorrow but it doesn't seem right to me that I would have to make the internal temp "colder" if it's colder outside.

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Posted 19 December 2011 - 09:24 AM

Outside temps can affect fridges in many ways. The outside cold air is influencing the thermostat located in your fresh food section. When outside temp drops below 55 degrees, the compressor will be off for longer than usual awaiting temps in the fridge to rise. there is a garage kit that can help you....it should work for your frigidaire made kenmore http://www.repaircli...3918301/1037646

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Posted 19 December 2011 - 02:51 PM

Thanks for your help. I ordered the part.

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Posted 30 December 2011 - 09:03 AM

Thanks for the good advice on this. I installed the cold kit and it's working well. I am wondering how much inefficiency I am getting by having a heating element in the control box, but that is better than heating the whole garage.

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Posted 30 December 2011 - 11:19 PM

Depending how cold it gets in your garage, the Compressor may not appreciate being summoned into action whilst attempting to keep warm along with the oil that is now the consistency of Corn Syrup.

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Posted 31 December 2011 - 11:07 AM

Depending how cold it gets in your garage, the Compressor may not appreciate being summoned into action whilst attempting to keep warm along with the oil that is now the consistency of Corn Syrup.


"This kit is designed for Frigidaire top freezer refrigerators placed in garages or basements where the temperature drops as low as 34 degrees Fahrenheit."
Note that this kit is not designed for below freezing! If I remember correctly, installing the kit voids the warranty - even though it is a factory part...

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