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I have a 'fridge in the garage. Lately I've noticed that the freezer is not keeping the food in the freezer section frozen. The 'fridge has been working properly before this last cold snap. It seems that I once heard that the 'fridge has some sensor that determines the outside temp and that at some low outside temp it won't run. Thus, the freezer won't keep the food frozen. Is this correct? If so, what can I do to make the 'fridge run to keep the freezer section cold enough?
 

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Is the door closing all the way? Sealing good? Havent heard of an out side sensor but who knows anymore. There should be a schematic on the freezer somewhere. A 1-800- # also.
 

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beleive it or not, freezers and fridge's don't work that well when the outside temp is low.

I'm not sure of the "science" behind refridgeration, but I had the same problem when I lived in during the winters when I lived in Wisconsin. This is how it was explained to me, in laymans terms. Refridgeration, freezers...whatever, work by removing the heat from the air. When it gets so cold, the process losses it's effeciency, and can't produce to cold temps that you would normally have.

Not sure how much since it makes, but that is what was explained to me. I'm sure some refrideration experts will be along shortly to either let you know I am full of shit, or properly explain what I'm talking about !!
 

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Refridgerant is normally a warmed blooded animal til it is pushed thru a TXV or expansion valve(small opening) which turns it into cold by compression and moves thru the evaporator coil which the fan motor blows air over giving ya the freeze effect in your unit. More than likely the refridgerant is so cold before it hits the TXV that its causing it to freeze up before it hits the condensor,hense defrosting meat. I have an outdoor freezer for bait that I unplug during these extreme cold weather nights. No sense having the compressor run and do nothing while wasting the power bill.
 

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bonita dan (1/9/2010)Refridgerant is normally a warmed blooded animal til it is pushed thru a TXV or expansion valve(small opening) which turns it into cold by compression and moves thru the evaporator coil which the fan motor blows air over giving ya the freeze effect in your unit. More than likely the refridgerant is so cold before it hits the TXV that its causing it to freeze up before it hits the condensor,hense defrosting meat. I have an outdoor freezer for bait that I unplug during these extreme cold weather nights. No sense having the compressor run and do nothing while wasting the power bill.
What? Too many landsharks Danny, I can't follow your ramblings, and I know a bit about refrigeration, but I'm gonna defer this one to an appliance specialist.

But, in a nut shell, there must be significant temperature difference between the inside of the refrig to the outside in order to effect a heat transfer.
 

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Very simple Mitch,it ain't frozen or cold while its in the can now is it! It takes pressure thru a small opening for it to become cold. Don't ask me how it works,I didn't invent the stuff!
 

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I found mine had done the same thing. I put a few shop lights around to keep the area temp slightly warmer around the freezer and turned it a litte colder on the setting. A little wjile later it was froze up good inside. Left the lights on so it would work.
 

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bonita dan (1/9/2010)Very simple Mitch,it ain't frozen or cold while its in the can now is it! It takes pressure thru a small opening for it to become cold. Don't ask me how it works,I didn't invent the stuff!
Dan, I know how it works, that's why I wuz having diffculties following. Bottom line is the heat transfer requires temperature differntial. Have another landshark.:poke
 

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Ive been a ref tech for 21 yrs now working on commercial and residential and what Ive seen on this thread is just the funniest Sh!T ive read some of you are kinda close and some well LOL!!Just pm me and maybe I can talk ya through it
 

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backlashnpcola (1/11/2010)Ive been a ref tech for 21 yrs now working on commercial and residential and what Ive seen on this thread is just the funniest Sh!T ive read some of you are kinda close and some well LOL!!Just pm me and maybe I can talk ya through it
Who you work for?
 
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