Refridgerator in carport

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Old 11-20-17, 04:15 AM
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Refridgerator in carport

My fridge when it gets cold outside (below 40) quits working. I understand the ambient sensor shuts it off. I was wondering if I but a light bulb in with compressor would this keep it running when cold?
 
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Old 11-20-17, 11:15 AM
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It's rare to find an ambient sensor on a fridge. It's more likely the liquid refrigerant is stalling the compressor. Keeping a small incandescent bulb next to the compressor will keep the liquid as a gas.
 
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Old 11-20-17, 11:47 AM
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I do have to ask - if it's below 40, who cares if the fridge isn't working since the ambient temp is going to keep the items as cold as the fridge would?
 
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Old 11-20-17, 02:03 PM
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This is a side by side and freezer items start to defrost.
 
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Old 11-20-17, 02:32 PM
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It's my understanding fridge/freezers made for exterior use have a heater of some sort to keep the refrigerant warm enough to flow. Adding a light bulb next to the compressor like Pete suggested might be the best you can do with that particular unit.
 
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OK, that makes sense - thanks.
 
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Light bulb added will see if it works.
 
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Old 11-20-17, 05:08 PM
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You can add a crankcase heater to the compressor with a thermostat if you are serious about your cold weather operation. The crankcase heater looks like a worm drive clamp and attaches around the compressor.
 
 

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