If you have an extra refrigerator or freezer, don`t keep it in an area where the temperature falls below 60 degrees Fahrenheit, advises the Major Appliance Consumer Action Panel.
When temperatures fall below 60 degrees, the compressor will not operate long enough to maintain low storage temperatures in the freezer compartment.
This is because the fresh-food compartment contains the primary sensor, which is quickly satisfied at low ambient temperature.
The lower the temperature goes, the worse the problem becomes.
At about 38-to-42 degrees Fahrenheit, the compressor will not run at all. The freezer-compartment temperature will increase to the ambient room temperature and the frozen food in the compartment will defrost and spoil.
Manual-defrost freezers usually can be operated in an unheated garage or porch without affecting the unit or frozen food. Again, check your owner`s manual.