What should I look for if I’m buying a used freezer?

Freezers and refrigerators can be fairly pricy appliances. If they break down, all of your food will spoil, but not everyone can afford to simply buy another one on a whim just because it is no longer working.
They are expensive, and without financing you are forced to choose between two options: Letting all of your food spoil and saving up for months, or buying a used freezer and hoping that it works correctly. Here are the best ways to make sure that the used freezer you are looking to buy is going to work for you.

Things to Check

The first thing to do is to ask the individual or company that you are buying the freezer from to place a thermometer inside before your arrival, so that you can check to make sure it is running correctly. By the time you get there, the thermometer should not be higher than approximately 4 degrees Fahrenheit. Ideally, it should be at 0 degrees.

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Next, stick around for a while and listen to see if the freezer is making any loud noises. Any loud noises are a sign that the freezer may not be working correctly, even if the thermometer has an accurate temperature reading. Sounds are also enough of a considerable annoyance that even if everything is working fine, you may not want the system.

What should I look for if I'm buying a used freezer?

Afterward, make sure you check everywhere for things like dirt, grime and buildup. Signs of rust, dirty coils, or anything that may be caused by an irregularly working machine should make you think twice before you choose to buy it.

Even something as simple as coil dirt may be a sign that the freezer has not been on for a while, and may not be in full working order once you have plugged it in. Also check how long (if at all) the freezer has been off, as these machines do not hold for very long due to the presence of refrigerant inside.

One final thing to test before you decide whether you want to get the freezer is how well the door of the freezer closes. Place some type of fabric or tissue inside of the door and close the freezer. The fabric that you place inside should not fall out or be pulled out very easily. Many people like to use dollar bills as well.

Getting Everything in Writing

Freezers and refrigerators are useless when broken. If you are going to purchase a freezer from someone, make sure they can guarantee it for at least a month – enough time for you to make sure that it works correctly and will meet your needs.

Continue to monitor the freezer once you have purchased it to make sure it is in working order, paying close attention to how the door closes and how well your food stays fresh inside it. If everything checks out, chances are that you have purchased a good freezer that should last you quite a while.
Also check out the best outdoor kitchen refrigerators of 2021!

Put your questions or suggestions in the comments below, so we can all benefit from each other’s knowledge.

Happy Outdoor Living! Thanks for reading.

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