Freezer Help and Advice

Freezers are considered purchases that shouldn’t be taken lightly. As such, you need to make sure you’re taking the best care of your freezer and you’re informed. They’re not exactly cheap and you don’t want to buy a new one any sooner than expected. So we’re going to go over a few common freezer queries that we get from our customers.

You’ll find all of our freezers in our refrigeration section, alongside some fantastic lines of fridge freezers and wine coolers. We have a huge range for you to browse and we only stock appliances form top, market-leading brands. 

Where Should I Put My Freezer?

We often get asked this: where should I put my freezer? There is no one-size-fits-all answer to that. It depends on the layout of your home and what you want from your freezer. There are two things that you need to consider in this instance: how often you use it and the temperature.

If you don’t really use your freezer that much, and you’re just getting one because it comes in handy for you every now and then, you can consider putting it in your garage or utility room and we would recommend doing so.

If you don’t use your freezer that much and keep it in the garage, where it’s likely to be cold, then the freezer doesn’t use as much energy to maintain its temperature and that reflects on your energy bills. 

Be warned though, this doesn’t mean that your freezer is going to thrive in super cold conditions. And actually, if your freezer is stored in too cold of a room it can actually sustain damage as condensation can work its way inside of the appliance. If the room regularly falls below 10°C, then think about putting it elsewhere. Likewise if it regularly gets hotter than 30°C too.

If you do utilise your freezer quite a lot then you may benefit from putting it somewhere more central and the obvious option in that case would be your kitchen. 

If you are putting your freezer in the kitchen as most people do, then there are a few other things to think about. Seeing as you want to keep your freezer in as cool conditions as you can, the kitchen presents unique challenges in doing so.

An undercounter freezer is an effective way of avoiding the heat transmitted from other appliances. If you’re installing an integrated freezer, make sure it’s a few feet away from the oven.

How Long Can My Freezer Go Without Power?

Power cuts, malfunctions and blown fuses are a fact of life and they are liable to switch the power off to your freezer in its lifetime. Not to worry, you don’t have to start eating everything when it happens. 

In the event of a power cut etc your freezer can go about 48 hours without power. If you know that your freezer is going to be off for more than 48 hours and you can’t move it to another in that time, then start eating those contents before you have to throw them out. Or don’t. It’s your call.

Before You Use Your New Freezer

A useful tip to know is to not use your new freezer straight away. A refrigerator or freezer uses liquids called refrigerants to work. In the transportation, unloading and installation process these are likely to have been moved around and if that’s the case then you’ll want to leave them to settle before you start filling it up. If you know it’s been on its side then you’ll definitely want to leave it to settle. 

You’ll probably only need to let it settle for a few hours, however in some cases it can be up to a day that it needs to be left for. Best thing to do is consult the owners handbook. 

Can You Overfill Your Freezer?

Freezers are a fantastic appliance and they can help you save a lot of money in the long run. But before you get carried away, think before you store. A freezer that has too much food in won’t be able to perform at its best. Too much food affects circulation of air and that’s how the freezer works. 

Likewise if you stuff it with room-temperature food. Your freezer is going to have to work really hard to bring stacks of room-temperature food down to the right temperature. There’s often not a lot you can do about that but just bear it in mind.

Chest or Upright Freezer?

This is another one that depends on how you plan to use your new freezer and what suits you best. There are some key differences that matter here though.

Upright freezers are easier to use. Their drawers mean you can neatly organise your food and everything is easily accessible at once. However, upright freezers struggle with temperature maintenance because of their design. When you open the door of an upright freezer, cold air escapes quickly. When you close the door it has been replaced with room temperature air. This isn’t anything major by any means but does have cumulative effect.

A chest freezer is harder to use as you’ll have to stack things on top of each other so if you don’t mind rummaging around for your stuff, then it’s not a problem. It does however have a better thermal efficiency performance as it loses very little temperature when the door is opened. 

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