How to keep your garage freezer working in the winter

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How to keep your garage freezer working in the winter
Safeguard frozen food stocks this winter by looking after your freezer. (Digital Vision./Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Many households have a garage freezer and for the most part, they work effectively and without problems. Winter brings harsher challenges which may impact your garage freezer’s operational effectiveness. However, there are things you can do to make it easier for your garage freezer to make it through to spring.

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Things you need

  • Thermometer
  • Polystyrene
  • Card
  • Tape
  • Craft knife
  • Brush

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    Ensure ambient temperature

  1. 1

    Check your freezer’s user manual for advice on the recommended ambient temperature, or operating temperature range. Be aware that ensuring ambient temperature is arguable the most critical thing you can do for your garage freezer in winter.

  2. 2

    Search for the user manual online if you do not have, or cannot locate, the actual manual. Note that the ambient temperature range is sometimes referred to as the climate class and may be indicated on the appliance’s rating plate, as with the AEG A72900 model.

  3. 3

    Measure the temperature of your garage with a thermometer in the area of your freezer. Turn up the heat in your garage, if applicable, to provide background heat to ensure it is higher than the lowest temperature recommended for a freezer of its climate class.

  4. 4

    Move the freezer elsewhere if your garage is unheated and you have no way of heating it or no desire to do so.

  5. 5

    Follow the resourceful actions of a Derby couple intent on reducing their electricity consumption if you have no way of moving the freezer elsewhere or no desire to do so, and build a simple freezer jacket by standing polystyrene pieces against the four sides and taping together four sheets of cardboard around them.

    Other maintenance

  1. 1

    Get your garage roof repaired if winter weather has compromised its integrity to the point where there is a risk of water penetration. Note this is particularly important if your freezer is directly below any broken roof tiles or breaches in the flashing, felt underlayment, soffits or shingle covered ridge vents.

  2. 2

    Take the advice of and brush dust, dirt and debris off your freezer’s condenser coils.

  3. 3

    Check the freezer lid seal for splits and warps and replace if significantly perished.

Tips and warnings

  • When making your freezer jacket, cut out pieces with a craft knife where necessary so you do not cover the condenser coils or any instrument panels or information plates.

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