Do You Need a Special Refrigerator for Outdoors?

As we enter the warmer months, you may be planning a beautiful outdoor entertaining space where you can host future dinner guests

Adding an outdoor refrigerator would certainly be very convenient, granting you easy access to your favorite beverages and delicious treats. Is it safe to install a refrigerator outside?

What to Look for When Shopping for an Outdoor Refrigerator

Not just any refrigerator is suitable for outdoor use. Whether for drinks or food, most refrigerators are designed for use within an indoor space that maintains a consistent temperature below 90 degrees Fahrenheit. When a refrigerator is installed outdoors, it is subject to temperature fluctuations, harsh sun, etc. When shopping for an outdoor refrigerator, select one designed for outdoor use. Refrigerators made for the outdoors are well insulated and, when properly installed and maintained, can stand up to temperature fluctuations and more.

Where Should I Install an Outdoor Refrigerator?

Here are some installation tips to keep your outdoor refrigerator running efficiently for many years:

- Sun protection: Plan on installing your outdoor refrigerator underneath a countertop and shade structure such as a tree or pergola. Follow the instructions within the refrigerator’s owner’s manual for proper clearance guidelines so that the unit can exhaust properly.
- Temperature: Most outdoor refrigerators are designed to withstand temperatures between 30 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit. While outdoor refrigerators can endure a wider ambient temperature range, they aren’t 100% weatherproof. If you know the weather in your area will fall outside of the desired ambient temperature range, consider moving your refrigerator into the basement or garage temporarily. Another way to keep your refrigerator safe from temperature fluctuations is to keep it in a shaded area and away from outdoor grills, stoves, or any other appliance that generates heat.
- Moisture: Your outdoor refrigerator will be vulnerable to rain, snow, and hail. Installing your refrigerator underneath a countertop will help protect it from direct exposure. If you live in an area prone to floods, consider raising your refrigerator on a small platform. Install a drain in your outdoor kitchen to prevent standing water.
- Maintenance: Keep your outdoor refrigerator clean by removing any dust and debris from the unit’s exterior. Clean the refrigerator’s contents regularly to prevent mold and bacteria from growing inside the fridge.

Try an Outdoor Refrigerator Today

It is possible to have a refrigerator in your outdoor entertaining space if you select one designed for outdoor use. While outdoor fridges can withstand a wider ambient temperature range, they are still subject to the elements. By installing your outdoor refrigerator properly and keeping it clean, your unit will run efficiently for many years.

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