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Long story short:

We were given a stand up freezer when DH's grandma passed away. The thing was completely frosted up inside so we cleaned it out, and now here it is sitting in our garage. The freezer is at least 40 years old. Because of it's age, and the wiring of our house, I'm thinking two things. One is the safety and efficiency of the freezer. Two is if we can't even run our vacuum cleaner without blowing a fuse, how can we run a full-sized freezer?

Any thoughts?

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That freezer is way too old to mess with. It may run another 40 years, but it may not. I wouldn't risk filling it with hundreds of dollars of food, only to have it go out one day, unnoticed.
As far as electrical capacity, they draw very little current. A modern one can be purchased for a few hundred bucks, depending of course on size and features. I you indeed can't "run a vacuum without blowing a fuse" I would consult an electrician about adding circuits or additional service to your home.

Hope this helps.

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Thanks- MG123

We have consulted an electrician about how the house was set up. Almost the entire house--living room, bathroom, and 2 of the 3 bedrooms are on one switch. To fix that would cost more than what we can afford at the moment, but is something we're saving up for.

My main concern is what if this thing is a fire hazard in disguise? It looks okay from the outside, the wire isn't frayed--but we can't see what's inside. DH thinks I'm paranoid, but I really don't want to see our house burn because this thing wasn't safe.

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My gut instinct is that this thing is a "white elephant" that is worse than useless. As MG pointed out, would you trust it with a quantity of food more valuble than the freezer itself? It's also likely to be unserviceable, and I suspect if you examine its operating costs in electricity over time, it would more expensive than buying a modern, more efficient freezer.

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I think if you're that concerned about it, it's not worth the stress.

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While the freezer is probably fine, the chances that the compressor is going to draw a massive load on the already-overdrawn circuit are pretty good.

If you want to get rid of it, many municipalities have a large-item trash pickup that includes appliances. Also, check and see if there is a Freecycle group for your community; somebody may be able to make use of it.

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Is it old enough to have a locking door? If so, you need to disable that lock ASAP.

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You could gut out the electrical stuff, take the door off, fill it with dirt and make it a planter. [Big Grin]

In this town, not only have I seen old gas grills (painted white, made into a planter and two shelves for potted plants), there's a few houses with old toilets and bathtubs- some turned on their sides, of course- wheelbarrows and wagons on their sides with flowers "spilling out".

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quote:
Originally posted by Doug4.7:
Is it old enough to have a locking door? If so, you need to disable that lock ASAP.

Even if it doesn't have a locking door, it could still be a hazard. Some kids might panic or not have enough strength to open a magnetic door.

Tape or strap the door(s) shut or remove the door(s) altogether.

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I may be wrong here but you may need to organise special disposal, as I imagine a freezer of that age would still use a CFC based coolant. I'm not sure of the laws in the US, but I know that European law requires decomissioning.

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Not that this means it will happen to you, but it was an old (27 years old at the time) freezer that caused a garage fire and almost burned down our house when I was about 15.

Thank goodness the first thing that the freezer burned was a hole in the water heater hoses - that helped keep the fire down for a bit. And the continuous running of the water trying to refill the water heater tank was what woke my dad up so that he could get us all out of the house.

If you are worried about it, it isn't worth it.

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If you want to throw it away, contact your town's sanitation service and see what their procedure is. If you want to save it for sentimental reasons, take off the door and use the freezer either as extra shelving in the garage or basement or some sort of artistic planter/knickknack/storage whatever. If you have kids, you could keep it in the garage and use it for yard toy storage. Let the kids paint the outside. You could use it to store gardening supplies. Just be sure to TAKE OFF the door.

I have an old kind of funky aqua refrigerator in my basement. The door is removed, and I keep extra cat food and some bottled water there, as well as a few other items.

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