We have a Kenmore upright freezer, model 20123.
It has an Energy Miser on it. I assume ON saves energy, since it is
called an energy miser. However, on the ON side it says, Reduces
Exterior Moisture and on the OFF side it says Saves Energy. Please
clarify for me which setting, ON or OFF, will save energy.
Thank you very much.
Please note: our freezer is only 12 cu ft. The product listed in the "What product is it about? box was the closest match I could find. Mine is an older model.
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Good Morning Linda, this is Z. I appreciate your post!
I understand your Frigidaire freezer seems to continuously running. Unlike older freezer that turned off and on frequently, newer models save energy from having to start up and shut off repeatedly. For example, diesel-powered trucks conserve fuel and energy and therefore have less engine wear and tear by keeping the motor running; much like newer energy efficient refrigerators/freezer. If the compressor is running on a more constant basis; it is maintaining the temperature within your freezer, rather than having to cut off and start again to adjust the temperature.
I hope this information explains why your freezer runs more often. However, should you feel that a service technician is needed; you may visit the manufacturer website to find a provider in your area that will look at your freezer.
Hi Lisa, thank you for your
post! New freezers retain colder temperatures. Especially on hot humid days,
moisture entering the freezer (when the door is opened) can form frost inside
the appliance and moisture collection inside the unit. Reducing energy use to
meet government requirements, defrost heaters have shorter run times. Light
loads in the freezer also contribute to the problem.
Here are some tips to keep
moisture low in the freezer:
your air conditioner to reduce humidity.
shelving and food items so air circulates.
"overload" or leave the freezer empty. It should be at least half
the controls as recommended in the use and care guide. Manufacturers may
suggest different settings for summer and winter.
seal liquids and high moisture foods stored in the unit.
the freezer doors as few times as possible.
condenser coils at least twice a year. Check your use and care manual for
specific procedures. You'll save energy, too.
pots and pans and use the range hood fan when cooking to reduce moisture in the
Check and maintain door
gaskets. A good door seal keeps warm moist air out of the freezer.
These tips will help control
frost and moisture in your freezer, but won't always eliminate the problem,
especially when humidity is excessive. If you have taken all necessary steps to
prevent moisture and humidity, you may need to reach out to a professional for
The temperature controls are located at the top front of the refrigerator or freezer compartments. The recommended setting should be correct for normal household refrigerator use. The controls are correctly set when milk or juice is as cold as you like and when ice cream is firm. Wait 24 hours for your refrigerator to completely cool before adding food. If you add food before the refrigerator has completely cooled, your food may spoil. NOTE: Adjusting the refrigerator and freezer temperature controls to a colder-than-recommended setting will not cool the compartments any faster. If the temperature is too warm or too cold in the refrigerator or freezer, first check the air vents to be sure they are not blocked before adjusting the controls. To turn Off/On: Style 1 Press the freezer down arrow touch pad until a dash (-) appears in both the refrigerator and freezer displays. Neither compartment will cool. Style 2 Turn the freezer control to the word Off. Neither compartment will cool when the freezer is set to Off.
Energy Saver option (on some models) The Energy Saver option turns off the heater which helps to reduce moisture on the door hinge seal. The refrigerator uses more energy when Energy Saver is off. Press the control to On to save energy when the environment is less humid. Press the control to Off when the environment is warm and more humid, or if you notice moisture on the door hinge seal.
Adjusting controls If you need to adjust the temperature in either the refrigerator or freezer compartment. NOTES: For Style 1 control, press the up and down arrow touch pads; for Style 2 controls, turn the dial to adjust the temperature. Except when starting the refrigerator, do not adjust either control more than one setting at a time. Wait 24 hours between adjustments for the temperature to stabilize.
The cooler the better, most freezers use the side walls of the unit to disipate heat generated. The unit will use less energy in a cooler enviroment. The trade off is added heat to an area that is air conditioned. Overall you will be better off inside if it is hot outside.
My recommendation is to get rid of this 18 year old freezer as it is costing u a fortune to keep it plugged in. Then ask yourself if you really need an additional freezer at all?? If you do, consider purchasing a new small one that is really energy efficient. You will be way money ahead I assure u.
If you want a manual defrost model they are all almost the same.
Manuel defrost is very simple, just compressor and thermostat. No fans or defrost system. The true indication of quality is the energy star rating. Look at the operating cost. The better made ones cost less to operate. Just shop by price and features you want. High temp warning, rapid freeze etc. Normally I would stay clear of the White/Westinghouse garbage(Gibson,Kelvinator, Frigidaire, etc.) in washers and dryers but in refrigeration they aren't too bad. It is really hard to tell anymore who actually makes what. They all seem to be buying each other out. GE sold out and doesn't make their own anymore, Whirlpool bought out Maytag, Jenn air, and Amana. Kenmore/Sears is mostly made by Whirlpool. I have trouble telling things apart anymore.