How to Keep an Upright Freezer in a Garage

Updated April 17, 2017

The garage may be your most convenient place to keep a freezer if you do not have room inside your home. Ambient temperature, or room temperature, is the main thing you need to be concerned about when keeping a freezer in your garage. Most freezers can tolerate a range of 10 to 35 degrees Celsius. If you live in a climate with extreme temperatures and your garage I not insulated, your freezer will not function efficiently when the garage gets too hot or cold and it may stop working altogether.

Check the temperature of your garage. If your garage is heated, be sure to set the thermostat to at least 10 degrees Celsius. If your garage is not heated or insulated and temperatures get below 10 degrees C or above 35 degrees C, do not keep your freezer in the garage.

Measure the height, width and length of your freezer, and then measure the areas in the garage that are most suitable to see if it can fit. Make sure there is an outlet and enough room to fully open the freezer door.

Use an appliance dolly to carefully move the freezer into the garage. Ease the bottom of the dolly completely under the bottom of the freezer and then tip the dolly back towards you. It helps to have another person gently push the freezer so that it rests fully on the dolly, at an angle. You will want to have either the side or the front of the freezer resting on the dolly.

Roll the freezer on the dolly into the spot you want to keep it in the garage, leaving enough room to plug the freezer's electrical cord into the wall outlet.

Ease the freezer into place after you have plugged it in.

Wash the freezer thoroughly with dish soap and water, rinse all the soap off and dry it thoroughly with a towel.

Turn the freezer temperature to the maximum setting to get it cold enough, and once it has reached freezing temperature, turn the temperature to a midway setting. You can now stock it with food if you wish.


Most freezers have a simple dial numbered one to ten. Generally, you should leave it on five, six or seven.

Things You'll Need

  • Freezer
  • Thermometer or thermostat
  • Measuring tape
  • Appliance dolly
  • Socket in your garage
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