Wot Bill sez.
My sister had an ordinary domestic freezer in the garage which stopped
working when the first winter came along. No damage done: it just used
ambient room temperature as a reference point for its freezing operation
and couldn't make sense of its surroundings. A localised, low power
heater solved her problem.
I saw that beko upright freezers were the only ones suitable for a garage.
I did a bit of googling as well and it confirms what other people have
said on this thread.
Now I am not concerned about the temp getting down to -9C with a Beko
freezer in the garage.
Its a heat pump and there needs to be temperature difference, however one of
the big problems is that domestic mechanical devices are not tested to cope
with large swings in temperature, the high heat of summer and the intense
cold of winter and all the implications of condensation etc. I do not really
see the difference in form factored, its probably got more to do with the
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Another vote for Beko - we now have two under cover outside.
Bought one, won the other on Freegle.
If you want a fridge/freezer make sure that it has two independent
compressors - one for the fridge and the other for the freezer. A single
shared compressor leads to the freezer defrosting below (IIRC) 4C.
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That does depend upon the design. Our fridge-freezer some years ago had
only a single compressor. It used the entirely logical idea of only
cooling the freezer section. The fridge was cooled with a fan and a
motorised flap circulating air from the fridge, through the freezer and
back into the fridge. Obviously if the ambient temperature fell too low,
the fridge would need no cooling, so the flap would remain closed and
the fan off, but the compressor would still cool the freezer as normal.
I didn't think anyone had made those for decades.
It used to be a speciality of Hotpoint, back when
Hotpoint was part of GEC and was a real manuafacturer
in the UK. They had a range for use in unheated
homes/rooms with separate compressors, which were
slightly more expensive than their standard models.
(I bought one, as it predated me installing central
It goes wrong well above 4C. I've tried a few and
freezer temperature is not maintained correctly at 12C.
This should not be an issue for a freezer only, but
there are other problems with running freezers outside
the specified temperature range.
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We needed one for our garage. As you probably know, normal domestic ones
aren’t suitable for ambient temp found in garages etc. However, we found a
John Lewis Chest freezer which was specified for outbuilding use. When
middle daughter wanted an upright freezer for her garage, John Lewis came
up trumps again. Both own brand, good warranty, delivery, price etc.
We had an old one which lasted years first in a shed in our previous house
then in the garage in current house. We bought it in about 1990. We
replaced it with the JL one last year or so. While it still worked, the
seal had failed. As I recall, it cost about £90 in 1990. I can’t recall the
brand, I suspect Tricity.
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