+
Cookware

Are "Garage-Rated" Refrigerators Worth It?

kaleokahu | Mar 21, 202007:55 PM     12

So I've recently been rebuilding a small unheated barn that used to have a budget full-size refrigerator in it. Never had a bit of trouble over about 25 years' use in unheated spaces. I'd still have it, except Wahine hated its looks, one of the door shelf guards was broken, and the floor under it had to go.

In a couple weeks, the barn will be ready for another reefer, and I've started shopping. The appliance salespeople all say I'd be crazy not to get a "garage-rated" one, but none of them seem to have any of those in stock. When I ask why, the mumbling starts. One clerk said reefers have to work harder if they're out of the heated house. This only makes sense to me where the garage is warmer than the house, not colder.

Where this barn is located has average winter temperatures of mid-40s down to the mid-30s. We have *maybe* a couple of overnight dips into the high teens. We average only 11 days of sub-freezing temps in January, and rarely have a hard frost. Average highs in August and September are in the upper 60s to low 70s.

Have I just been lucky? Do I really need a "garage-rated" appliance in a mild climate location?

Thanks

Want to stay up to date with this post? Sign Up Now ›

Invite a friend to chime in on this discussion.

Email a Friend

More from Chowhound

Lockdown in Florence: How One Italian Family Is Coping by Cooking
Food News

Lockdown in Florence: How One Italian Family Is Coping by Cooking

by Amy Schulman | Over the past month, life as we know it has been irrevocably altered. The new normal, as we’ve been...

5 Mistakes You're Making When You Bake Bread
Guides

5 Mistakes You're Making When You Bake Bread

by Heather Reid | Whether you're attempting to make bread for the first time and want to be sure you get it right, or...

The Ultimate Guide to Canned Tomatoes
Recipe Round-Ups

The Ultimate Guide to Canned Tomatoes

by David Klein | OK, so your pantry is suddenly jam-packed with industrial sized canned tomatoes. Luckily there is...

The Ultimate Ground Beef Guide with 15 Essential Recipes
Recipe Round-Ups

The Ultimate Ground Beef Guide with 15 Essential Recipes

by Chowhound Editors | Ground beef is one of the supporting pillars of mainstream food worldwide. It’s cheap, readily available...

Get fresh food news delivered to your inbox

Sign up for our newsletter to receive the latest tips, tricks, recipes and more, sent twice a week.