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Old 06-24-2008, 12:28 PM   #1
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Chest freezer temperature?

I'm having trouble with my chest freezer since the flooding. What temperature should it be set at? TIA ~Bliss
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Old 06-24-2008, 12:50 PM   #2
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All freezers should be below 0 degrees F, preferrably at -20 degrees. Below that your electric bill becomes an issue, but the lower the temperature the longer your food will store.
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Old 06-24-2008, 01:28 PM   #3
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I aim for 0 F to -10 F for long-term storage. The colder you set the freezer, the higher the electric bill.
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Old 06-24-2008, 01:47 PM   #4
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Mcnerd and Andy, thank you both for the information!~Bliss
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Old 06-25-2008, 05:07 AM   #5
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For us at work it has to be below -18C = -.4F, I really wouldn't run any freezers above that. If you keep the freezers well stocked they use less power because they are not chilling just air.
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Old 06-25-2008, 09:14 PM   #6
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Thank you again.
It's only maintaining at 32° F on the thermometer and I can confirm it because the ice is partially melted from yesterday. The freezer is very full and since I can't take a chance of losing all this food I'm getting a new one tomorrow. The freezer is only a few years old but floating in the basement couldn't have been good for it. I wish I knew how to fix things but I don't know where to start. I'm pondering if I should keep it and make a smoker out of it, I dunno. Just thinking. ~Blissful
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Old 06-25-2008, 09:36 PM   #7
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If its only a few years old, it might be worth the effort to have an estimate made for repairs and you could have a second or backup unit. If its older and not energy efficient, you may find a nice surprise in a lower electric bill.
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Old 06-26-2008, 11:35 AM   #8
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If your freezer can't stay below 10F you should definitely get a new one. (Or risk having to throw everything out).
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I'm having trouble with my chest freezer since the flooding. What temperature should it be set at? TIA ~Bliss
We don't need chest freezers up here in Michigan's U.P. All we have to do is open up our jackets when the mercury dips below 0 F' and chests freeze quick enough. Then we have to eat hot soup to warm 'em back up.

I know; G.W., go play in traffic.

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Old 06-26-2008, 01:27 PM   #10
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We don't need chest freezers up here in Michigan's U.P. All we have to do is open up our jackets when the mercury dips below 0 F' and chests freeze quick enough. Then we have to eat hot soup to warm 'em back up.

I know; G.W., go play in traffic.

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not in traffic, go play in the kitchen! (BTW I like your signature-it's so true!)

I got a new one. I am not happy about the glass shelves but they didn't have any available in stock today with normal shelves. Oh well. Life goes on.
The temperature is holding at 0° F so I'm much happier. ~Bliss
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