Freezer: Repair or Replace
Posted 16 October 2012 - 06:40 PM
I have a 9 year old "Frigidaire Commercial" (that's what it says on the front of the door) upright freezer. It's not frost free and appears to me to be a pretty simple system (not that I know anything). We keep it in the barn so it runs a lot in the summer. This past week, while it was so cool outside, I noticed it was running EVERYTIME I went to the barn, which is several times a day.
I decided I should defrost it, so Sunday I unloaded it and cleaned all the built up ice. The top shelf had substantial built up ice but none of the others had any. I dried it out and put it back together. And it's been running ever since. Everything is rock solid frozen. So I turned it down and it continues to run. Also the top shelf is building up a little ice but none of the others are.
I asked the family Chief Financial Officer if we have been having higher than normal electrical bills and she said we have, about $100 higher than she would expect, for a couple months.
Repair? Or replace?
Posted 16 October 2012 - 07:05 PM
Posted 16 October 2012 - 07:44 PM
I ended up getting a chest freezer after that . We lost power for a week during a wind storm . After 3 days of no power & not screwing with it , thicker items ( beef , chicken , pork ) was solid . I got a generator third day and ran it only during the day . night time was cold enough that I had chests outside with drinks , water & immediate eating / defrosting foods .
My GF got it from Costco , on a coupon . So it should be cheap .
Posted 17 October 2012 - 03:35 AM
Posted 17 October 2012 - 10:36 AM
Of course, the reloading process would cease when the beer is really cold!
Posted 17 October 2012 - 12:39 PM
I say dump it.
You will save lots of money on electricty.
The other guy's have some good ideas also.
Storage, or smoker.
Posted 17 October 2012 - 07:42 PM
Gonna be hard to get away from the upright though. I like having everything on its own shelf. I raise a lot of the meat we eat and it's nice to have the poultry shelves, the fish shelf, the beef shelf, the venison shelf... I'm not gonna dig havin' to dig :-)
Posted 17 October 2012 - 10:44 PM
For the handy guy, fixing a lot of refer or freezer problems is fairly easy. Seized compressors or leaky Freon is a more difficult issue. Defrost timers and heaters and thermostat problems are often easy fixes.
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