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How to Keep a Fridge in the Garage (the Right Way)

How to Keep a Fridge in the Garage (the Right Way)
By Flow Wall
December 31, 2021

Perhaps your kitchen fridge is already overflowing with forgotten takeout containers. Or maybe you’re a Costco fanatic who needs added space to stash your bulk grocery haul.

In any case, it’s important to note that there’s a wrong way and a right way to keep a fridge in the garage. So follow our lead and learn the ropes. You’ll be doubling your home’s fridge capacity in no time. (Bring on the DiGiorno!)

Can You Keep a Fridge in the Garage?

First things first: Can you keep a fridge in the garage? Certainly—as long as your garage meets a few easy requirements.

  • You have the space for it.
  • Your garage has the correct outlet for a fridge.
  • The garage temperature is suitable for a fridge.

Keep in mind, many fridges are not meant to withstand extreme heat or cold, so if you live in a place that has harsh winters or intensely hot summers, storing a fridge in the garage isn’t ideal. (Just because Neighbor Joe is doing it doesn’t mean it’s a bright idea.)

Which Fridge Can Be Used in the Garage?

You’ve probably already noticed that plenty of Americans hook up regular fridges in the garage. But we’ve already let you in on the secret: Most fridges designed for a kitchen shouldn’t be used in the garage since extreme weather can cause them to fail, void the fridge warranty, or run up your energy bills.

In fact, while a really cold garage may seem like a great spot for a fridge, it actually works the opposite: some fridges have just one temperature control system, which gauges the cold temps in the garage and causes the freezer to stop working.

So, which fridge can be used in the garage? Fridges marked as garage-ready or for outdoor use are the best option for the garage. In fact, some units are designed for installation in sleek garage cabinet systems. (You’re fancy now, aren’t ya?)

Benefits of a Garage Fridge

Now that you’ve been schooled in the best types of fridges for the garage, you may still have an internal debate: Worth it? Or nah?

Don’t stress it—we’re here for you! From careers and children to garage fridges, we’ll help you work through life-altering decisions such as this. Here are some of the top benefits of having a fridge in the garage:

  • More fridge space: Obviously, the top reason to get a garage fridge is to expand your grocery storage capacity. Install a fridge in the garage, and just like that, you’ve doubled your space.
  • Easy access: If you’re a person who spends loads of time hanging out in the garage, having a garage fridge is all about easy access to drinks and snacks.
  • Organization: You may have a decent amount of space in your kitchen fridge, but having a second one can help you get better organized. Use it to store prepared foods, leftovers, bulk items, etc.

Drawbacks of a Garage Fridge

It wouldn’t be right to not give you the full picture. Sure, having a garage fridge is excellent. A luxury, even. But there are a few drawbacks to consider:

  • Higher energy bills: It’s true. Putting a fridge in your garage takes energy, and it’s going to result in higher electrical bills. (Invest in a newer fridge to maximize efficiency.)
  • Taking up garage space: Unless you have a 5-car garage, space out there is probably precious. So do you really want a bulky fridge taking up some of it?
  • Maintenance costs: Garage fridges are more likely to need maintenance or repairs, so consider ongoing costs before you take the plunge.

This 5pc storage set is a great choice to organize your garage around your fridge

Deck out Your Garage with Flow Wall

The garage fridge is coveted by the human species the world over. Still, certain fridges simply aren’t cut out for garage life, and it’s important to choose one that’s right for your space.

While you’re at it, take your garage to the next level and get organized with Flow Wall. Find cabinets, wall hooks, panels, and everything else you need to store tools, sports gear, and more.