I learned something new at about 1 a.m. this morning and it was all I could do not to call Vince and share it with him. I could be the last to know this . . no .. next to last because I called Vince this morning and he didn’t know it either.
This is why I say “I only know what I know . . I don’t know what I don’t know!” I never knew any of this.
Someone posted in a group last night that their freezer in the garage fridge had gone out. Then someone mentioned that when it gets well below freezing in the garage, the fridge gets colder than the temp thermostat is set to maintain, so the fridge kicks off, or slows down, and the freezer begins to defrost.
Same thing with when it’s super hot in there. The fridge keeps working harder and things start to freeze.
I always assumed it was like the thermostat on the a/c. Set it to 74 . . and it keeps the house at 74 no matte the outside temp.
Here’s more info on this but there’s a lot on the internet.
This does not apply to big freezers – the chest type freezers or big upright freezers.
There’s some kind of gizmo you can buy to put on your fridge – Vince will figure that out, and I’m not even sure it’s available for ALL fridge/freezers. The fridge repairman who was writing last night said it’s very inexpensive and can be done by most people without needing a repairman.
Here’s why this caught my attention. A few days ago, I went to get a package of bacon out of the fridge freezer in the garage and it was halfway defrosted. I assumed I had not closed the freezer door tight, so I brought the bacon in to use. Every time I walked past that fridge, I mashed on the door to be sure it was closed . . and it was.
A day or so later, I went out there to see what I could find to eat and a package of cube steak caught my attention so I grabbed that and it wasn’t frozen solid. Thinking the freezer was going out, I took things that mattered out and put them in the big freezer. A whole chicken was still frozen solid, a container of beef stew was still frozen solid. I left a milk jug in there that I had filled with water for ice if I needed it in a cooler. I also had two gallon bags I had filled with ice cubes in case we ever needed extra ice. I left those two things in there. After reading that article, I went out and looked at the bags of ice and they’re still cubes. I expected to find a bag with one solid piece of ice. I don’t know why it affects some things. The bacon and cube steak were right in the front; the bags of ice were in the back. I wouldn’t know if the jug of ice had melted or not but it was near the front too.
Also, the article said that in the summer when it’s over 100 degrees in the garage, the fridge will start to freeze things in the refrigerator. Our fridge in the garage in Texas . . I hated it because it froze lettuce, kale, carrots. I kept threatening to replace it but it wasn’t an old fridge. Now I know why that was happening.
Growing up in southwest Louisiana, we didn’t have many cold days/nights and though it stayed hot a lot, with tons of humidity, we didn’t have a lot of days over 100 so this just isn’t something I ever learned.
I called my dad, thinking he wouldn’t know that . . and he did! But, he said why aren’t you keeping the heat on?” I said “what heat?” He said “the garage heat.” I don’t have heat in my garage. His garage in Louisiana is heated. I never knew my parents were such wimps! 🙂