LOCATION AND INSTALLATION
It’s worth taking a few moments to decide exactly where your new freezer is going to go before going to buy one. It’s not just size and style that makes a difference – some freezers can be left out in the cold, while some can’t. Having the right space in mind is important.
SPACE DICTATES STYLE
The space you have available for a new freezer will often dictate what you can buy. A large gap below your kitchen surfaces? Then an undercounter model is best. Lots of free space in your utility room? Try a freestanding tall freezer or a chest freezer.
HOT VS. COLD
While this might sound obvious, keeping your freezer away from heat sources is a good idea.
Don’t keep it next to the cooker or radiator, and, if possible, position it so that it gets as little direct sunlight as possible. This helps the appliance maintain its internal temperature more efficiently. It also means less hot air gets inside the freezer, and prevents your frozen produce being affected.
Some manufacturers produce freezers that work at low temperatures.
IT’S FREEZING OUTSIDE
Perhaps you want to keep your freezer in a garage, conservatory, or outbuilding?
This can be a great way of fitting in bigger appliances and increasing your freezing capacity. However, if you want to do this, make sure the appliance is designed to work in low-temperature environments.
It sounds strange, but a lot of freezers can’t work in temperatures that are too cold. This is because moisture builds up inside the freezer, causing damage. Likewise, the key components that are outside the freezer, such as the compressor, may not be designed to work in the cold.
There are options available to you if you want to keep your freezer in a dry, unheated environment. Some manufacturers produce freezers that work at low temperatures, such as Beko’s range of freezers equipped with Freezer Guard technology. This lets the appliance work in temperatures as low as -15°C.
When it comes to installing the appliance, make sure there is plenty of room to open the door fully – you don’t want to struggle to get food in and out.
Models with reversible doors can be great in tight spaces as you can attach the hinges on whichever side you want, giving you greater flexibility.
You also need space around the appliance for it to work at its best. The compressor on a freezer expels hot air, so it’s best to leave a gap, approximately 25 mm, for this to escape.
Once the appliance is in place, wait several hours before running it. This gives all the gases inside the freezer time to settle. Once switched on, again, leave it for several hours before putting food inside, so that it can get to the right temperature. Check the manufacturer’s instructions for details.
Once the appliance is in place, wait several hours before running it.