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freezer FAQ

My freezer runs to much

Is there excessive frost or a package preventing the door from closing?

• Defrost and clean the freezer, or move the package so the door closes properly.

Is the room temperature hotter than normal?

• The motor will run longer under warm conditions. At normal room temperatures, your motor will run about 40% to 80% of the time. Under warmer conditions, expect it to run even more of the time.

Has a large amount of food just been added to the freezer?

• Adding a large amount of food warms the freezer. The motor normally will run longer to cool the freezer back down. Add no more unfrozen food at one time than will freeze in 24 hours, approximately 2 to 3 lbs (0.9 to 1.4 kg) per cubic foot of freezer space.

Is the door opened often?

• The motor will run longer when this occurs. Conserve energy by getting all items out at one time, keeping food organized, and closing the door as soon as possible.

Is the control set correctly for the surrounding conditions?

• See: Control use for upright freezer.

Is the door or not closed completely?

• Push the door firmly shut. If it will not shut all the way, rearrange containers so that they take up less space and put shelves and baskets back into their correct positions.

Are the condenser coils dirty (on some models)?

• This prevents air transfer and makes the motor work harder. Clean the condenser coils.

Is the door gasket sealed all the way around?

• Contact a qualified person or a technician.