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Tips For Taking Care Of Your Chest Freezer

Elizabeth Mendoza

Chest freezers, also known as deep freezers, are practical appliances for housing large amounts of food for long term storage. If you are an avid hunter or have a large family and need to store bulky cuts of meat and other large perishable items, you need to make sure your deep freezer stays in good working condition in order to protect your food. When you purchase a chest freezer keep in mind the following maintenance and repair tips.

Proper Installation and Setup

Because of its size, you may need to schedule professional delivery and installation of a chest freezer. The appliance should be plugged into its own individual 3-prong outlet with the proper voltage rating. If you do not have an available 3-prong outlet for the appliance, you will need to hire an electrician to install one.

If you need to use an extension cord for power, make sure it is a UL-certified 3-wire grounding cord to avoid electrical shock, causing an electrical fire or an overloaded circuit. If you hired a contractor to install your freezer, ask them if the extension cord you purchased is adequate for the freezer. Do not use a frayed or cracked cord for your deep freezer.

Let a newly installed freezer sit for a few hours before you place food inside to let the interior temperature stabilize. Place the freezer in a well-ventilated room, solidly positioned on the floor. Leave several inches of space around the sides of the freezer so air can circulate around the appliance.

Power and Compressor Problems

If your chest freezer begins to lose power or turn on and off intermittently, test the power cord with a multimeter. You can purchase these electronic measuring devices at hardware stores. The multimeter will let you know if the cord is the source of the power issue.

If you suspect there is a problem with the wall outlet or a circuit breaker, consult an electrician. The problem could be a blown fuse or a breaker that needs to be reset.

If nothing is wrong with the cord or electrical devices in your home, the problem could also be your freezer's compressor, a high-efficiency motor that runs the freezer. Replacing a compressor is not a DIY project. It requires specialized tools to safely remove a defective compressor and install a new one.

Other signs of a defective compressor include a noisy or vibrating freezer.

Ice Accumulation and Thermostat Issues

If you overload your freezer, packages can prevent the lid from closing properly. This will lead to too much ice accumulation in the appliance. If the lid becomes damaged from being forcibly shut and locked, you will need to replace the device.

Always be careful in removing or reinstalling a freezer lids. The tension springs that secure the lid can be dangerous.

You can also get rid of excess ice by following the manufacturer's advice for defrosting and cleaning the appliance. When you clean the freezer, never touch cold walls with wet or damp bare hands to prevent your skin from sticking to surfaces.

If you notice that the freezer continues to accumulate excess ice and frost, the compressor may be defective.

Safety Precautions

Never allow children to play on or in the freezer. They could injure themselves and permanently damage the appliance. In addition, never store flammable liquids near the freezer. Always unplug the freezer before performing any do-it-yourself repairs.

If you need to get rid of an old chest freezer, hire an appliance repair service such as Appliance Service Co Inc. to safely dispose of the unit. If you want to get rid of the deep freezer on your own, check with your municipality for local laws on getting rid of appliances that contain hazardous components.

Your local utility company or department of public works may have a pick-up program for large appliances including freezers. Some programs are free while others may charge you a small fee.


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Do you desperately desire to remodel your kitchen? Before you can begin this worthwhile task, you’ll need to secure a reputable contractor in your area. Inform this professional of your specific wants and needs for your space. For instance, you might wish to remove the wall separating your kitchen from your living room. Your contractor can determine if this wall is a load bearing one. You may also want to move the sink in your kitchen from one location to another one. On this blog, I hope you will discover valuable tips to help you design the kitchen of your dreams. Enjoy!