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How low can the temperature go in an unheated but insulated cabin in order to damage LCD TV, phone, and computer?

Asked by gailcalled (54538points) August 29th, 2008

I’m asking for a friend. The cabin is 12’ x 14’, unplumbed, raised but no foundation and has some windows that will provide a little passive solar heat, if there is sun. Winters here are severe, can get down to below 0˚. Pitched insulated roof and a dropped beaverboard ceiling. Owner uses it only on week-ends for a few hours and will be away for Dec- April. Lots of snow. He will use an electric portable heater. Throw rugs but bare floor.

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trudacia's avatar

Are you the only one closing in on ten thousand Lurve? That is impressive!

I think the computer can survive in very low tempts.. Not sure about the rest. I’m an IT girl and I know we have the AC on the severs 24/7.

gailcalled's avatar

(Those points are making me neither younger, thinner nor richer and seem to fascinate other people. They are not high on my list.)

What are severs?

poofandmook's avatar

@Gail: Now wait… I think I’m confused. There’s no heat and no plumbing, but an LCD TV, computer, and a phone? In sub-zero temperatures in the winter with lots of snow? What in sam hill does your friend do with it? and where does he pee? LOL

trudacia's avatar

Sorry, a server is sort of a super computer. That is SERVER.

gailcalled's avatar

My friend has a regular heated house (w. plumbing) about 100 yds away. This cabin , just built, is his escape from the rigors of living in the dark with a wife with severe allergies to sunlight and electricity. He spends several hours in his little cabin on Sat. and Sundays.

The set-up is new and so he is planning (a bit belatedly) on what to do this winter when they go back to a NYC dwelling. When he will be around, he can plug in an electric heater but he didn’t plan ahead for his expensive toys.

He can unplug phone and haul computer to the house, left at 55˚. Will his LCD TV develop permanent frostbite or hypothermia?

And as an aside, we have all been known to pee in the woods when the power goes off, which it does alot during snow storms, when tree limbs fall.

augustlan's avatar

So this is your friend’s (with the nerve pain) husband? That must be tough for him, too. Regarding the temperature issue, I’d contact the manufacturer about that TV…they should know the answer. If it can’t survive, maybe he could loan it to you for the winter.

gailcalled's avatar

Good idea about manufacturer. I think he may have written to Samsung, but I bet using the 800 number would get better results. I told him I’d ask Fluther. (And in order for me to use it, I’d need a satellite dish with 40 unnecessary channels. The whole idea of the FCC’s change to digital in 2009 gives me the creeps. More money..)

augustlan's avatar

Ahhh…too bad you can’t “tv sit” for him.

gailcalled's avatar

@Aug: I have enough trouble navigating my own driveway, which will be plowed. I think that the idea of having someone with a strong back carry that TV into the heated house may be the best idea.

augustlan's avatar

Maybe several someones…those things are heavy!

gailcalled's avatar

I’ll pass all this along. Thanks.

mac316's avatar

No components should be affected by the cold. All products are tested for winter shipment. Heat is usually the problem, not cold.

gailcalled's avatar

@mac: Can I have that in writing, please? My friend may do something to the messenger (me) if things go wrong.) But I will pass that info on also.

poofandmook's avatar

cold DEFINITELY does affect electronics. I don’t know about the ones you mentioned specifically, but it’s a very good possibility that something could happen.

gailcalled's avatar

OK, we have a “yes,” “no,” “maybe” and “I don’t know.” I will bring the Samsung 800 number to lunch on Monday and regift the problem to my friend.

poofandmook's avatar

I know, unfortunately from experience that tube TVs are ruined in extreme cold, and that’s why I say it’s not a good idea.

gailcalled's avatar

I will tell him, that if Samsung doesn’t have any good answers, to bring everything vulnerable to the heated house while he is away for the winter.

poofandmook's avatar

oh I misread it and thought he used it from December – April!

gailcalled's avatar

No, he and wife will be in their other home near NYC during the really cold months. The equipment will be sitting in an unheated cabin during a season when the weather can be very harsh for months at a time.

Sometimes there is so much snow, we have to pay people to shovel our roofs.

If he were here, he would use a portable heater.

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