Refrigerator Installation Location and Temperature

Do not install a refrigerator where it could  be running in extreme temperatures. The refrigerator may not work properly, and there is a possibility that some harm could come to the compressor or sealed system by operating the refrigerator at temperature extremes.

  • Below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, the oil could become thick and not circulate properly.
  • Above 110 degrees Fahrenheit, the oil could overheat and break down.


Cold Temperatures:

  • Refrigeration systems rely on the boiling of refrigerant under pressure and heat. If the outside temperature is not warm enough, the refrigerant will not boil to a vapor and no cooling will take place.
  • Low temperatures can fool the thermostat into thinking proper temperatures have been reached. This is true of the new CFC-free refrigerants as well.
  • We do not recommend installing a refrigerator where temperatures will go below 60 degrees Fahrenheit. At this temperature, the unit is less efficient and will continue to lose efficiency as the outdoor temperature decreases.
  • At 32 degrees, there is no cooling capability at all. 



Do not use the refrigerator in unheated locations, such as garages, porches, or unheated rooms where the temperature is likely to fall below 60 degrees Fahrenheit. After-market garage kits or heater kits should not be used.

Hot Temperatures:

  • We do not recommend installing a refrigerator where the temperature will exceed 110 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • There is a possibility that operating the refrigerator in extremely high temperature could cause the oil to overheat and break down, thus damaging the compressor or sealed system.