It might sound a little strange, but a lot of people have experienced this problem with their fridge freezer. It is all to do with the thermostat and minimum temperature the fridge freezer is designed to work at. In this post we explain why the latest cold snap might cause your fridge freezer to defrost!
You are most likely to experience a cold weather defrost if you have a combined fridge freezer and you keep it in the garage or another outbuilding.
It is a little known fact but most models of fridge freezer have minimum and maximum temperature restrictions for the appliance to operate correctly. When a fridge freezer subject to these restraints is stored in an outside environment it is possible for the temperature outside the fridge to drop below the minimum working limit.
Why Does It Only Affect Fridge Freezers?
It is usually only an issue in fridge freezers that have a single thermostat or sensor located in the fridge compartment. This thermostat will shut off if the temperature gets in the region of freezing as the inside of the fridge is already cold enough, if the temperature remains low then the fridge thermostat will not come back on.
As a consequence of the fridge thermostat shutting off, it will also cause the compressor to stop and the freezer will warm up to around the temperature of the room – which although low, is unlikely to be cold enough for storing frozen food.
If you are planning to store a fridge freezer in an outside environment, then the best advice is to check that it is suitable for the garage or that it has independent thermostats for the fridge and freezer compartments.
Remember, although this is a common cause of fridge freezers defrosting in a garage environment it is not the only explanation and other faults can cause a freezer to fail. You can find advice on fridge freezer faults as well as fridge freezer spare parts on the BuySpares website.