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Aug 5, 2007 02:07 PM

Refrigerators designed for garages - worth it?

I need to replace the spare refrigerator I have in my garage - it died yesterday. I have an upright freezer in the garage so what I really need is the extra refrigerator space. In searching the internet I found a refrigerator designed by Whirlpool specifically for the temperatures in a garage. Has anyone tried one of these? Is it worth the price (about double a standard plain refrigerator)? Thanks for any help.

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  1. I would have to think that a lot of this would depend on where you live, the climate, the construction of the garage itself (ie, is it insulated and well sealed, etc)....

    1. YIkes - I never thought about how the temperature in the garage was affecting our refrigerator we have out there. We live in NJ so there is a great deal of variability in the temp. over the course of a year.

      We're currently on a rotation - the old kitchen refrigerator gets moved out to the garage when it is replaced by the new one that goes in the kitchen. This rotation started when my brother gave my DH and I a hand-me-down fridge when we bought our first home. It went into the garage. It died last year (after at least 14 yrs of service, 11 of them in our garage.) It was a pretty basic model too and it survived 11 jersey weather years out there so I'm thinking it may not make that much of a difference?

      When it died, we moved our 14 yr old fridge that was in the kitchen out to the garage and bought a new one for the kitchen. It's been out there for about a year now. So far so good.

      Edit: I meant to add that our garage is not insulated but is attached to the house and the refrigerator sits in the corner that is formed by two interior house walls, if this makes any difference.

      1. At least partially it depends on how much variation in temp. your garage suffers. Is it insulated? Attached to the house? A fridge will take up a lot more energy, too, in extremes of temp, so check out the energy rating of this fancy one.

        1. Interesting...aside from disgusing them with cutesy diamond-plate surfaces or making them look like a Craftsman tool chest, I never realized those garage fridges had any real special features.

          1. I went to Lowe's and bought a basic top freezer fridge and have never had any problems with the temps. I live in Texas and have an attached garage, but my garage can easily be in the 90s during the summer and the 30s during the winter. I think the fridge was around $400 or just under, made by GE, and Energy Star rated. Unless you are catering or storing large quantities of extremely fragile and sensitive ingredients in your garage fridge, I don't think it's worth the extra expense.

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            1. re: dalaimama

              I agree. I also live in Texas (moved from NJ) and was a little worried about how my deep freeze might perform in the very hot garage, but it has not been affected one bit and it is now 20 years old. I'll bet fridges work the same way.

              1. re: RGC1982

                I might perform, but it's probably using a lot more energy maintaining its temperature in the heat. If a "garage" fridge is better insulated, it might save a lot of money on utility bills in the long run.

                1. re: Ruth Lafler

                  True enough. The question then becomes when the savings in electricity would be equal to the cost difference in fridges.

                  The OP is saying the "garage" fridge costs twice as much as a regular fridge, that the cost difference between the electrical usage of the garage fridge and the regular fridge is not going to be as much as the cost difference between the garage fridge and the regular fridge. If the regular fridge cost you an average of $2 a month more in electricity costs than the garage fridge, and the garage fridge costs $400 more than the regular fridge, it would be about 17 years before you'd have spent that $400 on added electricity.

                  I'm not saying the added insulation is a bad idea or that we shouldn't all want to save electricity, but at a cost of twice as much, it seems to me that the garage fridge is overly expensive.