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Keeping freezers outside

Updated January 13, 2017

It's convenient to have an extra freezer on hand. A second freezer allows you to stock up on low-cost items or make meals ahead and freeze them for later use. Not everyone has room in their home to store an extra freezer, however. Freezers can be stored outside if necessary, but require some extra precautions to ensure they work properly and are safe for everyone in and around your home.

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  1. Cover up your freezer. It is acceptable to store a freezer outside, but no appliance should be kept in an area where it might get wet to avoid danger of electrocution. Find an outside location that is covered and free from rain, such as under an awning or on a covered porch.

  2. Check the ground where the freezer will be stored to see if it is level. Put the freezer on a level surface, such as concrete or wooden floor, not the bare ground. Make sure the floor is level, and if it isn't, place wooden shims or other another sturdy item underneath it to make it level. A freezer that is not level may have doors that do not shut properly, causing food to thaw or energy to be lost.

  3. Check to ensure there is at least 5 or 7.5 cm (2 or 3 inches) on all sides of the freezer clear of debris and obstructions. This allows the freezer's air intake and exhaust to work properly, helping the freezer last longer.

  4. Check the power cords and electrical wires often. Appliances kept outside come into contact with more animals and insects that ones kept indoors. Check to make sure nothing has been biting at the cords, causing risk for electric shock or a fire hazard.

  5. Plug it in properly. A freezer should never be plugged in using an extension cord. Instead, plug the freezer directly into a socket on the outside of your home or garage. Make sure the circuit is capable of handling the energy load.

  6. Tip

    Consider your electric bill. During winter months, freezers work more efficiently when kept outside in the cold weather. During the summer, however, a freezer kept outside in the warmer temperatures will need to work much harder to maintain cool temperatures inside. Your electric bill will reflect the extra work your freezer puts in.


    Be sure that your freezer and its cord are rated for indoor/outdoor use. This will ensure your freezer can withstand extreme temperatures and weather without risk of damage or becoming an electrical hazard.

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Things You'll Need

  • Wooden shims

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