Your freezer has numerous essential functions, so keeping it at peak performance is important. There are ways you can help your freezer run more efficiently. By following a few easy tips, you can extend the life of your stand-alone or built-in freezing unit.
- Keep the freezer stocked: If you don't have enough food to fill the unit, place jugs of water or several ice blocks in it.
- Do not place hot food into the freezer: This will affect the freezing capabilities of the unit. Instead, allow food to cool down in the refrigerator first.
- Get in and out of the freezer quickly: Keeping the freezer door open raises the temperature rapidly inside the unit.
- Pay attention to the temperature: Keep your thermostat regulated, If you are uncertain about temperatures, place a thermometer in the freezer and check it often. A freezer should not go above zero degrees Fahrenheit.
- Keep the unit away from any heat sources: such as the oven, dishwasher or heating vents. Allow air to circulate behind the freezer.
- Regularly clean the coils on the unit: Vacuum or brush them to remove dust or dirt buildup. Dirty coils prevent the freezer from running effectively. Read more about this on our Refrigeratorpage (insert link here)
- Keep the door seals clean and in good condition: If a seal is broken or soiled, air can easily get in and out of the unit, which impacts the freezing function.
- Defrost the freezer regularly: Units that don't have self-defrost functions will need to be deiced consistently.
A deep freeze is designed to run colder than a fridge freezer and is excellent for long term storage of many types of foods provided they are packaged properly. Typically a freezer should be set anywhere between -18 and -20 degrees Celsius.
There are two common freezer designs:
1) The upright freezer is convenient to access and requires less space as it is vertical like arefrigerator. Uprights however, are less efficient since every time you open the door the cold air tends to pour out. Many upright are now available in frost free versions, this is a practical feature that uses further energy for the defrost cycle. The freezer rises in temperature slightly and when the defrost cycle is complete, the compressor must turn on in order to bring the temperature down to the desire settings.
2) The chest freezer has been around since most of us can remember, it is a simple design that works well and typically does not require service for many years. Possibly not as convenient as the upright, or on the other hand, uses less energy and usually cost less to purchase and has more storage capacity for the same cubic footage when compared to an upright.