I just got a 4 cubic foot freezer, and we'd like to keep it in an out building, which isn't heated. Outside temps go down to vero around here sometimes. Will it hurt the freezer to keep it there? Will it operate properly?
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Re: freezers in freezing temps
In an effort to help you avoid food loss I must disagree wiht the previous solution. your owners manual should tell you that using the unit in an area exposed to temps below 45f may and will cause long off cycles and improper operation.
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Where do you keep the fridge? If you keep it outside then most likely the condensor coils in the freezer may be freezing over and the only way to fix that is to keep it above 40 degrees outside the fridge.
Open the refrigerator door. Measure the depth of the refrigerator
from the front edge of the refrigerator opening to the back wall. Make sure that you measure in feet and not in inches. Note the depth measurement on a piece of paper.
Measure the height and the width of your refrigerator's opening. Note the two additional measurements on your paper. Multiply the depth, height and width measurements to obtain the refrigerator's cubic foot measurement.
Take the same measurements from the interior of the freezer. Multiply those measurements together to get the cubic foot size of your freezer.
Add the cubic foot measurement of the refrigerator interior to the cubic foot measurement of the freezer interior. This gives you the total cubic foot measurement for the refrigerator.
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Make sure the condenser is clean and clear, and all fans are working as they should. Also check the freezer section for signs of ice build up. A good defrost and a cleanup usually does the trick!
If it's in direct sunlight, try to limit the heat with a blind.
Hi Susan Abboud - Modern freezers have increased storage capacity and keep more even temperature that may require the compressors to run longer but use less energy. Was the unit disconnected previously for any reason? If so, freezer requires a minimum of 4 hours to cold down completely. Confirm that the temperature control is not set too cold and that the door is not being open frequently. A dirty, cracked, worn or poorly fitted door gasket can allow warm air to enter the unit causing it to have to run longer to remove the warm air. Leaks in the door seal will cause freezer to run longer in order to maintain desired temperature. Cleaned the gasket, if it is too damage then it will need to be replace. You can check and see if the door seal is bad by, placing a dollar between the gasket and cabinet. Check to see if the door is being blocked by anything stopping it from closing properly. If nothing is stopping the door then replace gasket. Keep in mind that there should also be at least 4-6 in of air space on all sides of the unit. If freezer is built in or has items stored on top that cover the unit, the can cause long run times, high temperature in the freezer and premature failure to the unit. Do not block the toe grille on the lower front of the unit. Sufficient air circulation is essential for the properly operation of your freezer, about 3 inches around the unit.
There is a very remote possibility that nothing has gone bad.. Sometimes the freezer drain gets clogged and the unit just continues to build ice. However.. most of the time there is an automatic defrost circuit problem that because it does not defrost automatically the ice builds up.
The problem can be caused by several components:
1. The defrost control 2. 60 deg bi-metal thermostat is open 3. Defrost heater has burned out. 4. Broke or heated / burned wire / terminal 5. Evaporator fan is not running full speed.
If you pass your make and model number, I can help you isolate the problem if your able to use a meter and do some basic mechanical work.
What you can for the moment is do a manual defrost... This makes a mess so be ready with the mop and rags. Here goes:
Manual defrosting the easy way.
UNPLUG THE UNIT
1. Remove the contents of the freezer compartment. 2. Block open the door. 3. Place a ;fan blowing into the freezer compartment for a little over 2 hours... (Messy part) 4. After the 2 hours and mess tending your manual defrosting is complete. 5. Reload the freezer and plug the unit back in. 6. Check temps in 4 - 6 hours.
You will need to go through this routine every 2 to 3 days... if you want your unit to keep the correct temps until the automatic defrosting problem is corrected.
This is a drawback of most mini-fridges. Start by defrosting everything. Then fill ice cube trays with water and keep lowering the setting until the water freezes. Just go a little lower, no more. Fridge should not freeze food. If the fridge stays closed all the time food will freeze. Also if the freezer element gets ice buildup it must be defrosted. Not automatic like home fridge. Most kids today weren't born when the last fridges that had to be defrosted were in service.
Check the fan down by the compressor to see if it's working . If not , it needs to be replaced .Also check the coils to make sure they are clean of dust , lint , etc... Is the fan inside the freezer working ? The hot sides are good . This means the compressor is working ( the " freon " attracts the heat inside the freezer , pulling it out , to make the freezer cold . The air flow over the sides , help dissapate the heat ) . Without the model number , I cant look up to see how the freezer is made .
Hi, Put a thermometer in the freezer and see if it gets down to 0 to 5 above zero. If it is not getting that cold, something is wrong. If you had frost building up behind the rear panel, there is a defrost problem.
Please let me know the temperature and I can assist you further.
The principle of refrigeration is to remove heat from inside the cabinet and dissipate to the outside via the condenser. if the outside is too warm, it will not be able to dissipate the heat, therefore it will not freezer. Very likely your freezer is not tropicalized.
The odds are it is a circuit board problem...I had a huge Amana 27 cubic foot side by side and it did the same thing...I diagnosed the problem and replaced the circuit board ....which actually controls everything...one sure sign is to pull the unit out as the other person did and to access the back of the unit where the compressor is...(the comptressor should be on 85% of the tme....if it is not on and warm or hot to the touch then it is a circuit board problem....since compressors will continue to run if there is a defrost problem (most of them anyway), or an Ice build up, etc etc. I don't recommend a layperson trying to replace the circuit board (mine cost $115,) but if you do it is generally in the door mine was a long thin circuit board behind the fridge door handle. .P.S. the heat that the other person felt on the door and around the door seals is normal lots of people don't even know this heat strips exist until something haappens and they start feeling around...these heat strips are to prevent frost of ice build up where the door meets the fridge framd...which can happen due to the extreme temp difference between the two...(inside temp and outside temp).
I hope this has helped...good luck...Knowledge gives you a base from which to yield power over unscrupulous repairmen whop may try to take advantage of people. Again ...good luck and let me know what happens.....Please rate me .....The Fang.