Housing either an additional or your main, refrigerator within an outhouse or garage frees up a lot of space in the kitchen. For anyone with constrained space in their main property, it can really improve living conditions. You can have a smaller unit in the kitchen, or for a busy family just additional cold or freezer space available.
A typical, standard refrigerator is not designed to work in a garage or outside the area that isn’t environmentally controlled for a garage you need the best garage refrigerator or need to install garage refrigerator kit in your standard refrigerator. Following these instructions on how to retrofit a garage refrigerator kit to a standard model refrigerator will ensure that you can undertake this easy job yourself, at home.
How your refrigerator works:
Your refrigerator monitors the outside temperature and uses that guide to control the freezer temperature. The excess air from the freezer is then blown into the fridge area to maintain your food at the correct temperature.
Usually, there is also a thermostat in the refrigerator section which monitors the temperature – and the evaporator is located in the freezer section. That leaves both sections of the unit operating slightly independently of each other, but both dependent upon the outside temperature wherever the unit is placed.
In a temperature controlled indoor area which is maintained at a more or less consistent temperature, this works very well. If you take that model refrigerator into an uncontrolled environment, then for any standard model without a garage refrigerator kit fitted, you face problems – not to mention excessive electricity bills.
In winter then your refrigerator will think that it is cold enough, if it’s below freezing in your outhouse then the refrigerator will not work at all, and all of your freezer contents will thaw, not good for anybody.
What a Garage Refrigerator Kit Does
A garage refrigerator kit is a very small, easily installed heating coil which you fit around the thermostat. This warms the air and so the refrigerator does not respond to the air temperature of the garage. It means that in the cooler months your refrigerator will continue to run, and your food will remain safe.
The Installation of a Garage Refrigerator Kit
Things You will Need:
The Garage Refrigerator Kit and a screwdriver.
- Find the model of your refrigerator, contact the manufacturer and see if a kit is available for that model.
- Obtain the relevant kit.
- Make sure that you have good visibility and access to the unit that you wish to work on.
- Unplug the refrigerator from the electricity.
- Locate the thermostat control box. This should be at the front at the top, try looking near the light and behind the temperature controls.
- Remove the screws holding the control box to the top of the refrigerator (you’ve definitely unplugged it right?). Lower the box and expose the wires connecting the controls to the body of the refrigerator.
- If you squeeze the two sides of the plastic wire harness it should release – Remove this box control box and take it to a work surface.
- Look for the thermostat inside the control box. This will be a small plastic unit connected with wires to the controls.
- Remove the screws holding the thermostat to the control box, pull it upwards.
- Remove the adhesive backing from the garage refrigerator heater kit
- Slip it beneath the thermostat in the box and stick it to the housing.
- Reconnect the thermostat to the housing by doing the earlier instructions in reverse.
- Pull the connector attached to the original wire from the terminal behind the control.
- Push the piggyback connector on the garage heater kit’s orange wire onto the empty terminal.
- Push the connector attached to the original orange wire onto the terminal attached t the piggyback connector. Repeat for the original black wire, and the black wire attached to the garage heater kit.
- Reconnect the thermostat control wire harness to the body of the refrigerator.
- Secure the control box back in place at the top of the refrigerator.
- Reconnect to electricity supply.
These are an overview of the directions covering how to install a garage refrigerator kit, although the process fairly uniforms in all installations. Your kit will, however, come with model specific instructions, please do ensure that you read these thoroughly and follow those.