Refrigerator FAQs

Can I put a refrigerator/freezer in my garage?
Yes. However, if you live in a region in which the temperatures drop below 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius), this is not a good idea. Such temperatures could cause the oil in the compressor to thicken, leading to premature compressor failure or other issues. Also, refrigerator/freezer units often won’t keep food frozen when the temperature of the garage drops below 35 degrees Fahrenheit (1.6 Celsius).
How full can I pack my freezer?
How cold should my refrigerator and freezer be?
I want my refrigerator door to open the opposite way. Is it possible?
How do I dispose of my old refrigerator/freezer?
Is it easy to add an ice maker to my refrigerator/freezer?
How much clearance do I need behind my refrigerator/freezer?
Can I change my manual defrost refrigerator to frost-free?
How do I pull the refrigerator away from the wall to clean the condenser coils?
Can I add shelves to my refrigerator or freezer?
Does the freezer get warmer during self-defrost?
What causes freezer burn? And is it safe?
My refrigerator seems to run constantly. Is that normal?
How long can I expect my refrigerator to last before I need to replace it?
Before storing for the winter, should I drain the fuel from my engine or leave it in?
The engine is starting and then stopping. What’s wrong?
Can I put a refrigerator/freezer in my garage?
Yes. However, if you live in a region in which the temperatures drop below 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius), this is not a good idea. Such temperatures could cause the oil in the compressor to thicken, leading to premature compressor failure or other issues. Also, refrigerator/freezer units often won’t keep food frozen when the temperature of the garage drops below 35 degrees Fahrenheit (1.6 Celsius).
How full can I pack my freezer?
Keep your freezer as full as you need it to be, as long as the air vents are not blocked. For the most efficient operation, it’s best keep enough food to fill half of the freezer.
How cold should my refrigerator and freezer be?
Your refrigerator’s thermostat should be set to 36 to 38 degrees Fahrenheit (approximately two degrees Celsius) and your freezer’s thermostat from 0 to 5 degrees Fahrenheit (-18 degrees Celsius). If your model does not have a thermostat, use a thermometer to check the temperature. Adjust the control as needed.
I want my refrigerator door to open the opposite way. Is it possible?
Usually, yes. You can reverse the doors on most refrigerators. Consult the owner’s manual for your refrigerator/freezer for the proper instructions. If you no longer have the manual, enter your model number in the search field at the top of this page to see if it’s available for purchase on our site.
How do I dispose of my old refrigerator/freezer?
It is illegal to send a refrigerator to a landfill without first removing the refrigerant, due to environmental and safety issues. Only licensed professionals can do this procedure. Contact your local municipality for more information. Many offer services to pick up refrigerators and properly dispose of them – for a nominal fee. If your local municipality does not offer such a service, contact a reliable, local appliance repair company and inquire about such services. Be sure to ask for a valid license and a certificate of compliance.
Is it easy to add an ice maker to my refrigerator/freezer?
Yes, if your freezer has the necessary internal wiring (most do), this is a do-it-yourself project. Enter your refrigerator’s model number to find an icemaker kit for your model.
How much clearance do I need behind my refrigerator/freezer?
If your refrigerator has condenser coils (large black, grid or radiator-like coils) on the back, you should leave at least one inch (two and a half centimeters) of space between the coils and the wall to avoid "building-in" the appliance. If the coils are located beneath the refrigerator, you may push the unit all the way to the wall.
Can I change my manual defrost refrigerator to frost-free?
No, because there several component, internal wiring and design differences.
How do I pull the refrigerator away from the wall to clean the condenser coils?
Always have another person with you before attempting to move your refrigerator or any other large appliance. Unload food from the refrigerator. Most refrigerators manufactured in the last 20 years stand on built-in rollers. Before attempting to move the refrigerator, you may need to first retract the front leveling legs. Take care not to damage the floor. If you need to move the refrigerator than one foot or so, consider using plastic floor guards to prevent any damage to the floor.
Can I add shelves to my refrigerator or freezer?
Usually. If there is room in your unit for an additional shelf, and the necessary hardware in the walls and/or ceiling, you can add a shelf. Enter your refrigerator’s model number here to find a shelf for your refrigerator.
Does the freezer get warmer during self-defrost?
Yes. The freezer temperature increases by about 20 degrees during the defrost cycle. This is normal and doesn’t affect the quality of the food in your freezer.
What causes freezer burn? And is it safe?
Freezer burn is a common problem caused by food packaging. Food dehydrates due to exposure to the air in the freezer. Standard supermarket packaging for many foods is not designed to prevent dehydration. If you intend to store food in your freezer for more than a few days, you should place the food in airtight containers or zippered plastic bags specifically made for food preservation and freezer storage. It is absolutely safe to cook or eat freezer-burned food. However, most people find that the dehydration process destroys the food’s taste and texture. Dehydrated meat is said to be tough and tasteless after cooking.
My refrigerator seems to run constantly. Is that normal?
No. There are several possible causes. Before troubleshooting in our refrigerator repair help information, make sure that the refrigerator’s condenser coils are clean, that there’s enough space between the condenser coils and the wall (one inch or about two and a half centimeters) for adequate air flow and that the gasket (door seal) is in good condition. Enter your refrigerator’s model number in our repair help for more information about other possible causes and fixes.
How long can I expect my refrigerator to last before I need to replace it?
The average life of a refrigerator is 14 to 17 years. Some last many more years, others many fewer. Proper maintenance will positively impact the life of your refrigerator.
Before storing for the winter, should I drain the fuel from my engine or leave it in?
For most small engines, it is best to add fuel stabilizer to fresh fuel before storing for extended periods. This will slow buildup in the carburetor and keep components lubricated. However, you should refer to the equipment owner’s manual for specific instructions from the manufacturer.
The engine is starting and then stopping. What’s wrong?
With your equipment’s model number, head to our troubleshooting and repair help information.