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Question DetailsAsked on 6/14/2012

for the summer our refrigerator in the garage is not used. Should we unplug it or keep it running with ice and newspaper in it.

My husband and I disagree. If the appliance is plugged in for three months unused it takes a lot of electricity in the hot garage. Is it safe to leave it unplugged with the door open?

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You are correct, it's costing you to leave it running. Door open and unpluged , no cost, just be sure chrildren had no access,maybe block door open and tape it shut up high.


Answered 8 years ago by BayAreaAC


It won't hurt the refrigerator to leave it unplugged as long as it is kept open. I've stored many this way. If the doors are left shet they mildew and are next to impossible to get cleaned out, smell wise. We stored a refrigerator like this for years until it was needed again. Like the last post said, don't allow kids around it because one could get trapped inside of it. Take the doors off or block them open where a child can not close it.

Also, if it is tipped over and moved for any reason leave it sitting for 24 hours before plugging it back in so the oil has a chance to resettle in the compressor.

Todd Shell
Todd's Home Services

Answered 8 years ago by Todd's Home Services

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