Discovering you have a broken freezer is always a headache, but it’s important not to panic while you wait for the freezer repair technician to arrive. There are several things you can do to help protect your frozen items, and in this blog post, we’ll explore a few of your options.
Below, we’ve outlined five important steps to follow to help preserve your frozen food if your freezer stops working or you experience a power outage.
- Make a Plan. Before you open your freezer and start moving things around or putting things into cooler bags, decide how you’re going to systemically work through everything so that you minimize time spent with the door open. Collect your cooler bags, run to the store for a bag of ice, or take care of any other prep work before opening the door to follow our other tips.
- Cooler Bags. Prioritize putting perishable items like meat and dairy into insulated bags to help them stay cold as long as possible. You can toss a few ice packs in for added cooling power or simply put everything in bags and place the whole bag back in the freezer while you wait for the freezer repair technician.
- Group Items. If your freezer isn’t tightly packed, moving items closer together can help them stay cool. Rearrange your freezer contents so that they are packed as tightly as possible to help them remain cold.
- Dry Ice. If you can get your hands on dry ice (metaphorically speaking, of course), it’s a great option that will help maintain a very low temperature in your freezer. Always handle dry ice with caution, wear heavy gloves, and avoid placing it directly on your food items.
- Keep the Door Closed. After you’ve arranged your freezer for optimal temperature retention, avoid opening the door as much as possible to help keep the interior cool.
If you need freezer repair services, our team at Workman Appliance Repair is ready to assist you. Contact our office today to learn more.