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?
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