Ambient Temperature

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  1. alphaomega16

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    Forgive this question but I did send an E-Mail about my fridge to the company that made it and their last on the things to check was

    "5. Ensure that the appliance is kept in a room that has an ambient temperature of five degrees.
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    Is it because I have no clue what they mean about ambient temperature or does that actually sound weird ?

    Would love some clarification as google has been letting me down.
     
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    I’m assuming it means a stable temperature hat fluctuates no more than +/- 5 degrees
     
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    Best fridge ever! Put it in a refrigerated room and it works perfectly! :thumbsup:
     
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    Are you sure it doesn't say minimum ambient temperature?
     
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    I copied and pasted from the email which is why the number 5 is there.
     
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    OK, so do you have a problem with it that prompted the email? If so, what?

    What was the question you asked, as an answer alone gives no context.

    What is the make/model?
     
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    A lot of fridges are not designed for cold environments daft as it sounds, a lot of people have them in the garage, especially freezers and these stop working when the ambient temperature is too low. Some are designed to operate in the garage but not many so most need an ambient temp above 5c to work effectivelty. My caravan fridge requires covers on the vent below 8c to increase effectiveness.
     
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    its already been replaced, my other thread is on these forums but long story short a glass of water I put in the fridge was a glass of ice the next day on minimum settings and turning it up to 1-2 made it colder.
     
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    The statement that was provided to you is utter nonsense.

    The ambient temperature is the temperature of the environment that the appliance is working it. Ambient temperature is important because it is the starting temperature of the device before it is switched on. When operating the temperature of the appliance will rise above ambient, but the higher the ambient temperature the higher the appliance operating temperature.

    For example, a computer might operate at a temperature of 50 degC when the ambient is 25 degC. Here the surrounding environment that behaves like a giant heatsink is 25 degC lower than the computer providing a cooling path for the computer to dump excess heat.

    But if the ambient temperature increases to say 35 degC (hot day, hot country, enclosed room) then there is only 15 degC difference and the computer will find it more difficult todump excess heat so its temperature will rise and eventually it could overheat and fail.

    Same principle with a fridge.

    Ambient temperature is important to a fridge, try operating one in 40 degC and it will struggle - but to say a room with ambient temperature of 5 degC is required is utter nonsense - they are effectively saying that the room should be as cold as a fridge for the fridge to operate. If that were true then you wouldn't need a fridge.

    I suspect what they are saying is that the fridge should be run at a temperature of around 5 degC - and I think they are confusing the word ambient with something like nominal.

    Cheers,

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    Fridges and freezers don't like it too cold either, funny as it seems. It could be that the fridge isn't supposed to run in an environment below 5 degrees - hence why it's likely the word 'above' could be missing.
     
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    well if it the room was 5c I wouldnt need a fridge lol
     
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    So this thread is about a fridge that's already been replaced?
     
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    No I wanted some clarification on what on earth that comment meant because 5c sounded ridiculous so I was hoping that I was just being dense about the added term "Ambient"
     
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    I'd echo the comments above that it means "operate in a room that is above 5 deg C". Ambient temperature ought to mean "temperature of the surrounding air" in this context.
     
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    If it’s made abroad might be a bad translation, it should be ambient of minimum 5c
     
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