question about freezers

United States
November 16, 2009 7:32am CST
im buying a new stand alone upright freezer since i have found a way of saving a ton of money but its usually only on frozen food. my question is how long will it take a 20 cubic foot energy star fridgidare freezer to get to the point of where i can start using it after i plug it in? a day or two? im totally stupid with this kind of stuff!! help!!
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@ahgong (10066)
• Singapore
17 Nov 09
Usually a few hours should do the trick. We are not operating a freezer room, so a few hours should be more than sufficient to get going. As a test, leave a glass of water in the freezer when you plug it in. And you can use this glass of water as your indicator. If it freezes into ice, then your fridge is more than ready to take in your frozen food for storage.
• United States
17 Nov 09
thats a great idea! thanks
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@ahgong (10066)
• Singapore
19 Nov 09
You are welcome!
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@katsmeow1213 (29047)
• United States
16 Nov 09
It uses less energy if you keep it fuller. When we moved I just put stuff into it immediately, even though it was not cold inside. The other frozen foods helped keep it cold, so nothing thawed. For awhile we didn't really have enough to go in there, so I put everything in my regular freezer, and unplugged the chest freezer for awhile. It's senseless to use it if you can't keep it full, it wastes too much energy.
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• United States
17 Nov 09
yeah no kidding.. i think my freezer on my fridge seals are about to go because the door opens way too easy but i dont feel a draft but it just isnt big enough.. i may have over shot it on this one being so big but i got it on sale for cheaper than 16 cubic foot ones and since it was energy star i figured it would balance out lol.. hopefully i will be able to keep it full
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@mentalward (14697)
• United States
16 Nov 09
A surefire way to know is, after a few hours, put your tongue on one of the shelves. If it sticks, it's cold enough. I'm joking, of course. I honestly don't know how long it would take but I doubt it would be even 24 hours. I'm sure it will be cold enough after a few hours, as long as you don't keep opening it to see if it's cold enough. I'm going to buy a chest freezer. After reading about the two kinds, I learned that the upright kind warm up rather quickly when you open the door while the chest type doesn't. That's because cold air falls, warm air rises. With the chest types, the cold air can't fall. But, to give the upright kind their due, my mother had an upright freezer for many, many years and never had a problem with anything thawing because the door was opened.
• United States
17 Nov 09
yeah but can your back handle bending over all the time? i was gonna get a chest one because they were soooo much cheaper but then i went to the store and they were low down and some items on the bottom would prob only be a few inches off the floor and if i cant bend with out screwing up my back and hubby is the same i sure as hell am not gonna be digging food out of the bottom lol
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@saundyl (9690)
• Canada
30 Nov 09
If the thing came with a manual then it should say in there. Id say having it on 24 hours would have it cold enough to freeze the items in there and keep them good.
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• United States
1 Dec 09
it had a temp thing on the outside and within a few hours it was at 0 and i was like cool!! i still gave it a day to be sure but it seemed to be ready within like 2-3 hours
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@saundyl (9690)
• Canada
1 Dec 09
Thats Awesome!
• United States
26 Nov 09
Hm... Thats a good question. I know it takes DAYS for a large fridge to THAW, I don't think I want to know how long it takes it to freeze enough to be ready for storage of food...
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• United States
28 Nov 09
it had a thermostat on the outside and it was at 0 degrees in no time so it didnt even take a day but i still gave it a day just to be safe
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• United States
28 Nov 09
Thats good. I wish I had a spare freezer sometimes. I've been eating meat a lot lately to clean out my freezer for a turkey for Christmas! HAH HAH HAH!
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