Can you put a refrigerator in the garage?
Many people often ask the question “can I have a refrigerator in the garage?” The answer is yes, no and maybe. It really depends on the environmental conditions inside the garage where you live, how old the refrigerator is, what you plan on storing in it, and if you wish to modify the fridge to work in extreme conditions. Here is a great video explanation as to what happens to a refrigerator in the garage environment.
#Pros and Cons of a Garage Refrigerator
Before deciding whether to purchase a refrigerator for your garage, please know the benefits and potential drawbacks of the extra refrigerator.
Once you weigh two aspects of the problem, you can better determine the best route.
Here are some of the benefits and drawbacks of having a refrigerator in a garage.
- Space for other foods, beverages, and snacks for everyday use
- Store larger items such as bottled and canned drinks
- Space for preparing food for special occasions, holidays and family gatherings
- Prepared meals in advance (frozen meal)
- The ability to freeze and store large quantities of fresh meat, poultry ,and fish
- Store large-sized perishable dairy products such as gallon milk jugs and ice cream containers
- Reduce the mess of the main refrigerator
Cons / Drawbacks
- Increase the possibility of utility bills
- The second refrigerator may not be fully utilized
- Placement selection may not accommodate access to power
- Garage space placement may be too small, crowded or inconvenient for food and beverage retrieval
- Additional costs may apply and failure and repair may occur
- Different or extreme garage temperatures may affect the cooling function of the refrigerator
#Important Things To Know Before Buying A Garage Refrigerator
Most refrigerators are designed to work at home, and we tend to keep the temperature moderate - usually between 60-85 °F (giving or taking a few degrees depending on personal preference). However, in your non-insulated garage, the temperature fluctuates from a temperature below the freezing point to a bubbling heat, depending on the climate in which you live.
How do you know if your refrigerator can handle the right temperature?
When considering a refrigerator in the garage, be sure to check the user manual. Check the Installation section for instructions or warnings about the range of Operating Temperatures in the location where you want to install the refrigerator.
#Best Garage Refrigerator Reviews
Frigidaire 20.4 Cubic Foot Refrigerator (Best Full-Sized)
Features for the Frigidaire
- 16.3 cup. ft. Capacity
- Bottom Mount Crisper Drawers
- In-Fridge Lighting
- Frost-Free Freezer
- Fingerprint-resistant surface
- Adjustable shelving
- Energy Star compliant
- Adjustable legs
Danby Compact Refrigerator DAR044A5BSLDD (Best Mini)
AKA: The Best Beer Fridge for Garages
Features for the Danby Compact
- 4.4 cup. ft. (124 L) capacity compact design
- Compliant with Energy Star
- Environmentally friendly refrigerant
- Automatic defrosting
- 2 full width and 1 – 1/2 width adjustable wire shelves
- Integrated door shelving with tall bottle storage
- CanStor® beverage dispensing system
- Mechanical thermostat
- Interior light
- Integrated door handle
- Reversible door hinge
- Smooth back design
Igloo Garage Fridge Tool Box (Best Novelty Fridge)
Igloo Tool Box Fridge Features
- 3.2 cup. ft capacity
- Separate chiller compartment and lockable wheels for easy movement
- Door can dispenser
- Drip tray
- 2 removable wire shelves
- It looks like a tool chest!
If you have any questions about getting a garage refrigerator to let me know in the comments or send me a message. I’ll help as best I can.