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  • Randy-Phx
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    • Apr 2018
    • 539
    • Phoenix, AZ

    Freezer in the garage

    Does anyone live in a hot climate have a deep freeze in the garage? How long can I expect a new one to last? How much will my electric bill increase per year? We don’t have a basement, so it has to go in the garage, on the patio, or in the bbq building that doesn’t exist yet. And when I say hot ....
  • Spinaker
    • Nov 2014
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    I do have a freezer in the garage but I live in Minnesota. My garage is too cold, so I guess we are opposites here. But my advise would be to buy quality. If you do that, you should be fine. I think my bill went up about 60 bucks over the course of the year. If you buy a quality unit, make sure it in Energy Star rated to keep the cost down and efficiency up, you won't have much of an issue. The higher quality units are built to last for a long time.


    • EdF
      EdF commented
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      And they generally do, but get a freezer alarm, preferably wi-fi.

    • Mosca
      Mosca commented
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      How does that work? I’ve read that your freezer can’t be in too cold of an environment either.

    • Spinaker
      Spinaker commented
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      I was worried too but I have t had any problems. Mosca I’m sure it’s not good for it.
  • texastweeter
    Club Member
    • Jul 2017
    • 2938
    • Republic of Texas

    Mine has been going strong for years. No noticable increase. It gets HOT here too


    • CaptainMike
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      • Nov 2015
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      Insulate the garage if you can, it will make it an all around nicer place to be.


      • Fire Art
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        Double like if I could
    • Randy-Phx
      Club Member
      • Apr 2018
      • 539
      • Phoenix, AZ

      We have a block house, and if I have to fir out the walls we’ll have to park a car outside. The ceiling is insulated though.


      • CaptainMike
        CaptainMike commented
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        Ah, copy that. Once those blocks heat up it's tough to cool em down. I have a Bro that works for PFD and he says it is absolutely brutal to do the job down there in the summer.
        Last edited by CaptainMike; October 13, 2018, 06:16 PM.

      • Fire Art
        Fire Art commented
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        Two inch blue board would help a bunch especially with the ceiling all ready done
    • jfmorris
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      • Nov 2017
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      I’m in Alabama where my garage is routinely 95 degrees in the summer heat. Right now I have two full upright refrigerators and two mini fridges (each holds 2 beer kegs) in the garage. They work fine, but my AC and pool pump overpower them on the electric bill, so I can’t say how much they use. I had a deep freeze out there for about 10 years, it died, then someone gave me a small one that I put in the house in the laundry room.


      • jgg85234
        Charter Member
        • Nov 2014
        • 738
        • Gilbert, AZ (Suburb of Phoenix)
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          *Favorites to smoke - Baby Back or St. Louis Ribs, Pork Butts, Standing Rib Roast, Strip Loin Roast, Tri-Tip, Chicken, Turkey, Pork Loin, Cornish Hens

        Randy - i live in Gilbert and moved into our house in 1986. It’s block with a 3 car garage. We’ve always had a freezer in the garage. First one died at about 12 years but it came with us and was about 7 when we moved in. Replacement has been going strong for the last 20 years. Didn’t do anything special. It’s on an interior wall. Holds 0 Fahrenheit all year. I can’t tell you about the electric bill as we’ve always had it.

        Best regards,



        • JGo37
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          • Apr 2018
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          Energy Star - it's worth the extra cost to invest in efficiency. And, if I had a garage in Phoenix, I'd put solar panels on it!


          • FireMan
            Charter Member
            • Jul 2015
            • 7849
            • Bottom of Winnebago

            So there ya have it, don’t worry, be happy! 🕶


            • Randy-Phx
              Club Member
              • Apr 2018
              • 539
              • Phoenix, AZ

              Thanks everyone. I don’t think my wife will let me move the laundry to the garage so the freezer is not going there . I’m going to try to fit it in the garage. Once I figure out how, I’ll post a pic.


              • Karon Adams
                Charter Member
                • Feb 2015
                • 1515
                • Chattanooga TN
                • Karon Adams
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                The Y bought me a chest freezer when we were dating. it still runs. gets frost on it, the seal needs to be replaced, but he puts a weight on the lid and it is still out there running. two things contribute to the life span. the original quality of the freezer (mine is a Kenmore) and how full you keep it. I have learned, long since to keep it full. sometimes keeping ti full isn't so much a matter of choice but just the way things go. when I first bought it, we kept it full but freezing gallons of water. that helps keep the freezer cold sot he compressor doesn't need to work too hard.


                • Karon Adams
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                • EdF
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                  klflowers ChattaVegas?

                • Karon Adams
                  Karon Adams commented
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                  yup, ChattaVegas. a small town with delusions of grandeur!!
              • klflowers
                Club Member
                • Sep 2015
                • 3483
                • Tennessee

                I got a 15 year old upright freezer from a friend 10 years ago, and it still runs great out in the garage. Didn't really notice an increase in the electric bill. I have to defrost it every couple of years, but that's about it. I think it is a Kenmore. And we are in east TN where it gets pretty hot.


                • klflowers
                  Club Member
                  • Sep 2015
                  • 3483
                  • Tennessee

                  EdF ChattaVegas, baby

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