Tips for loading a chest freezer:


  • Allow the freezer to cool 6 to 8 hours before filling with frozen food.

  • Let the freezer cool overnight before adding large amounts of unfrozen food.

  • Never add more than 2-3 pounds of unfrozen food per cubic foot of freezer space.

  • When the freezer is first started, the compressor will run constantly.

  • A full freezer will stay colder longer, thus using less energy to maintain the ideal freezer temperature. It takes less energy to keep frozen foods cold than to cool the air in the freezer. 

  • If you are not going to fill your freezer with food adding partially full plastic water jugs will provide the same function. Solid frozen objects will keep the cold in better.