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Quick Freezer Installation Guide

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Quick Freezer Installation Guide

A freezer can be your best friend in the summertime, or your worst enemy when it’s leaking. Either way, almost every household has at least one freezer, and when you’re installing your own, there are some things to take into consideration. We offer this quick freezer installation guide to help you with your own freezer installation.

  1. 1.Thinking in the Long Term

    In picking out a location for your freezer, it’s important to select a cool, dry area to install it.

    Freezers are one of the most long-lasting appliances in a home. If installed properly, they can last for decades. That being said, this means that you’ll want to make sure your freezer is installed in a location that you’ll want to keep it in for a long time. It’s not impossible to relocate a freezer, but when you’ve got it fully torqued and filled with frozen foods and treats, the idea of relocating it can seem like a big hassle. Make sure you’ve got the right location picked out. From there, the installation is fairly straightforward.


    The two most common types of freezers are upright and chest. Chest freezers are less popular nowadays than uprights, mainly because uprights are often included with refrigerators and have the option to automatically defrost, whereas chest freezers are usually standalone and need to be defrosted manually (most of them, anyway). The installation for both types of freezers is pretty simple.

  2. 2.Make Sure the Voltage Matches Up

    Most modern freezers can be plugged into a standard power outlet in your home. That being said, there are some models that require special types of voltage to run as efficiently as possible. First, check with your owner’s manual to see what kind of power your appliance requires.

  3. 3.Cool and dry

    In picking out a location for your freezer, it’s important to select a cool, dry area to install it. A cool area will allow your freezer to run most efficiently, and this will help with your energy bills in the hot summer months.

  4. 4.Plug it in and let it run

    For at least two hours! That’s right: Giving your freezer up to two hours to run without storing anything will give it a chance to prep its storage area for efficient freezing of food and whatnot. You’ll want to use this two-hour period to check on the appliance and make sure everything is running smoothly.

  5. 5.Other considerations

    If you’re using a fridge with an upright freezer that has an ice maker, you will also need to consider that you’ll need a water supply line going into the back of the appliance. These supply lines usually use copper pipe, and you will want to check the manual for proper installation.

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