FREEZERS HAVE A BIG ROLE TO PLAY IN THE KITCHEN. ALWAYS MAKE SURE IT’S RUNNING AT ITS BEST.
MAKING YOUR FREEZER MORE EFFICIENT
- Keep it stocked! If you don’t have enough food to fill the unit, use jugs of water or several ice racks to fill the space.
- Avoid placing hot food into the freezer: Doing so will make the device work very hard in order to cool down your food. Place it in the refrigerator prior to freezing.
- Be quick: Keeping the freezer door open makes the temperature rise at a very fast rate.
- 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. The temperature should never be above zero.
- Keep the unit away from any heat source like your stove, dishwasher and heating system. Make sure the airflow is proper behind the freezer.
- Clean the coils regularly. Vacuum or brush them to remove dust or dirt buildup. Dirty coils prevent the freezer from running effectively.
- Keep the door gaskets clean and in good condition: If a gasket is broken, the unit won’t seal properly when you close the door. Your freezer will then go into overdrive to try to maintain the right temperature.
- Remove the frost regularly: Units that are not equipped with an auto-defrost function need to be defrosted on a regular basis.
Chest freezers and upright freezers are designed to run colder than a fridge freezer. It’s an excellent device for long term storage, provided items are sealed properly. Typically a freezer should be set anywhere between ?9° F to 0 °F.
1) Upright freezers take up less space, as they are vertical. However, they are less efficient, because every time you open the door the cold air tends to go out really quickly. Most upright freezer models are now equipped with an auto-defrosting feature.
2) Chest freezers have been around for a long time. These devices are simple, work well, and seldom require maintenance. Though they are not as convenient as upright freezers, they are more energy efficient, cheaper to buy, and have more storage capacity.