Is an Older freezer worth it?

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  1. Mid Tn Mama

    Mid Tn Mama Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I have read that the newer model energy star freezers are so much more efficient than the older models that they pay for themselves much faster and then the savings continue.

    We have been offered a big horizontal freezer that is over 20 years old for free (it may even be 30). I believe that any savings in growing food and freezing food would be lost to the electricity this old freezer would use.

    Can anyone tell me or point to research?
     
  2. Beeman

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    I've got an old chest freezer(20 yrs. at least) and it's an elec hog. It's gonzo in the next month or so as it's costing more than it's saving if you know what I mean. Plus I don't want a chest freezer anymore, things get lost and forgotten in the depths and again you lose when you throw it away. I do use an old chest freezer as a root cellar and store potatoes in it.
     

  3. PyroDon

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    yeah things get lost in a chest freezer but they are 90 times more efficient than an upright freezer. you'll loose any gained efficiency by going from an old chest to a new upright . now a new chest type you'll gain .
    you can offset the loss inefficiency by putting the freezer out side(non heated porch or car port) in the winter it will seldom if ever run.
     
  4. culpeper

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    Say a polite Thank You, and decline the offer. If you take it, your electricity bill will rocket through the roof. The rumours are true - modern appliances, including freezers, are MUCH more power-efficient. You have to ask yourself why it's being given away free!
     
  5. edcopp

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    I was given an old chest freezer a while back. I dug a hole and put the freezer in it, with the lid flush with the surface of the ground. I use it to store veggies and some other things like a small cellar. So far it has not frozen inside. That's just an idea that you might have use for. :)
     
  6. cast iron

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    How exactly do people know how much electricity their appliances are taking at any given time???????????
     
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    We were in a similar situation, and were given an older upright freezer. To make a long story short, we filled it with food, and within just a few months, the week before we were to leave on vacation, the freezer died. Luckily, we were home, and able to save the food, but it cost us $40 to have the recyclers haul it off. Lesson learned: Just save up and buy a new freezer with a warranty.
     
  8. anniew

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    It could be used to store feed so that rodents don't get inside!
     
  9. Beeman

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    90 times! So I could run 90 chest freezers for one upright?
     
  10. cowgirlone

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    I'd gut the old freezer and turn it into a smoker, buy a new freezer for the house.
     
  11. jimandpj

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    We were given an old upright freezer and used it. I just unplugged it today after spending the entire week canning everything in it. Based on comparisons of electric bills, it appears that the freezer was costing us about $20-$30 a month to run. (I'll let you know for sure next month when I see the electric bill). We are still going to keep the freezer. We'll use it for short term storage (like chicken butchering or strawberry picking times). But we will not use it regularly again, and will be relying on canning to preserve foods.

    That's our experience,
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  12. arabian knight

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    Definitely go get a new one. And this business about an Upright vs the chest type is WAY WAY over blown. YES you do lose some of the cold air when you open the door to get something out, compared to a chest type cold air is heavy so it stays in a chest type vs. an upright. BUT and this is the biggest thing..BUT HOW many times are you going into a FREEZER??? At THE MOST once a day maybe not for 2, 3 4 days?? You sure are not going into a freezer like you do a Refrigerator now are you? So EVEN when losing a little cold air. YOU SAFE WAY more in getting a NEW Freezer Versus fixing an old chest type one. ~!!! Then when getting a new one chest type vs. upright. you have to decide on how much room you want to take up. Uprights take up space just like an frig. But a chest type is close to to fridge's side side side and the Difference between the Chest and upright in Electricity is very very slim because of the amount of time really spent opening a freezer~!
    Added: If a person is rather large around the middle and maybe even short on stature, It is HARD to REACH things in the Bottom of a Chest type vs. an Upright~! Just something else to think about when deciding between the 2
     
  13. PyroDon

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    percentages don't quite work like that . But consider every time you open an upright all the cold air leaves it and it has to recool the entire unit where as with a chest freezer because cold air falls it remains in the freezer . so every time you open your upright it costs you eletricity. this is also true for a standard upright fridge . you can convert a chest freezer to a fridge and it will use less than a Kwatt a day vs about 8 for an upright
     
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    Yes Some Cold air Does drop to the floor BUT the remainder of the Food is Cold so the amount of compressor run IF AT ALL that is is very very little because of the amount of Cold Food and stuff in there KEEPING the air cold. Gee you Don't LOSE that much cold at all. The FOOD does not warm up IT is still cold and I can GUARANTEE you the Compressor in those few seconds the door was opened, NEVER ran. Never Kicked on at all. And Guess what that Compressor did not Start You did NOT use anymore electricity with or without opening the door. You don't warm it up that much. And the Efficiency of New Freezers WAY out weighs fixing up a old one REGARDLESS upright or chest~!
     
  15. PyroDon

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    open your up right get something out and then listen for 30 minutes do the same with chest .time how long the compressor runs on each
    check the energy comsumption on both even their rating will show the difference . One reason is chest freezer are for the most part better insulated.
    though once again someone is jumping to the conclussion that I suggested using an old freezer :rolleyes:
     
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    We bought a Kill-a-watt meter a couple of years ago, and of course checked the power usage of owr freezers, fridge, etc. We ended up replacing the fridge with a larger one, and it uses half the power of the old one, which was about 30 years old, that we had bought new back then. I determined that I could replace both of our current freezers, one about 14 years old or so, and the other probably 40 years old, with one with more capacity than the 2 of them combined, and that the new bigger one would use less power than either one of the old ones--I could increase my freezer capacity, and cut my power usage in half. Just waiting now to empty out one of them, and for the new one to go on sale soon.
     
  18. Jim-mi

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    There was a reason the guy was smileing when he offered you a big oldie for cheap cheap.
    Around here your supposed to have the freon "officially" pumped out and then the unit is red tagged so you can"legally" dispose of the unit.
    This cost can be up to $65. . . . .(maybe even more now)

    So please take my gracious free offer . . .(so that I don't have to pay)

    Should you take the unit home for a mouse proff storage unit, be shure to cut the electric cord off so that your not tempted to plug it in . . . . !!
     
  19. Spinner

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    You've got some great ideas so far. If you have a place to bury it, make a root cellar out of it, or grain storage, or just about anything else you can dream up. Just cause it was designed to be a freezer doesn't mean you can't use it for whatever else you think of. Think of it as a large insulated box and see what kind of ideas come to mind. If you decide it's not for you, then pass on the offer.
     
  20. cast iron

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    Has anyone used one of these watt meters on a later model appliance (that had a energy rating) to see how accurate the manufactures ratings were?