January 27, 2015

Freezer energy savings tips

By Sears PartsDirect staff
Freezer energy savings tips.
Freezer energy savings tips.

A separate chest freezer or upright freezer is a great convenience, providing a place to preserve a variety of foods from meat to fresh fruit to baked goods. You can reduce energy consumption and save money by not making the freezer work harder than it has to. Here’s how:

  • Place the freezer in the coolest part of the room, away from heat sources.

  • Don’t place the freezer in an area where temperatures reach 110° or higher.

  • Allow heated foods to cool before placing them in the freezer and don’t place large amounts of unfrozen food into the freezer at once.

  • Don’t line the shelves or cabinet with wax paper or aluminum foil, which interferes with airflow.

  • Make sure the lid or door seals tightly and that the gaskets are kept clean.

  • Wrap your food properly and label with the date.

  • When getting food from the freezer, close the door as quickly as possible.

If you keep a large amount of food in your freezer, consider getting a chalkboard or dry-erase board and placing it near your freezer.  It’s a great way of keeping track of what you have and reduces the amount of time spent rummaging through the freezer. 

Symptoms common to all freestanding freezers

Choose a symptom to see related freezer repairs.

Main causes: burned out light bulb, bad door or lid switch, faulty LED light board, wiring failure, control system failure
Main causes: lack of power, bad compressor, refrigerant leak, bad thermistor, defrost system failure, dirty condenser coils, control failure
Main causes: leaky door or lid gasket, broken defrost heater, bad defrost bi-metal thermostat, defrost control failure, faulty compressor
Main causes: compressor failure, no refrigerant, faulty sensor, control failure, broken defrost heater, bad defrost bi-metal thermostat
Main causes: excessive frost, bad defrost heater, bad defrost bi-metal, control system failure, low refrigerant charge, compressor problems
Main causes: damaged door or lid gasket, cracked cabinet liner, bad defrost bi-metal thermostat, broken defrost heater, bad defrost timer
Main causes: lack of power, control system failure, broken compressor start relay, locked up compressor, compressor motor failure
Main causes: dirty condenser coils, condenser fan failure, dirty bottom front grill, leaky door or lid gasket

Articles and videos common to all freestanding freezers

Use the advice and tips in these articles and videos to get the most out of your freezer.

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