Because of "SANDY" I just threw out all the food in an free-standing upright freezer, and defrosted and cleaned it!---THEN I realized how old it is and thought I'd bet it was the oldest on this panel!
We bought it in 1976 it's an Admiral (remember that brand?) and it's never needed repaired! (maybe I shouldn't have said that??) knock on wood !!
How old is your freezer?
I also had to throw out the food in a freezer on my side by side freezer/refrig. What a horror of loss of food and ****! I didn't freeze bread etc only meat and stew I'd made plus fresh fruit grown around our home.
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Posts: 1668 | Location: Allentown PA USA | Registered: Oct 03, 2002
We don't have a stand alone freezer but our refrigerator is still going strong since 1993. It's totally young compared to what you guys have mentioned so far! We had one repair to it right after we bought it and it''s been great ever since. Has made a couple of moves, too. It's a Frigidaire.
We have a Westinghouse chest freezer which lives on an enclosed back porch, purchased in 1973,our kitchen refrigerator in 1990 and the one that it replaced is from 1966 and is in our garage and still going, the freezer in this one stopped defrosting and that's why we got the new one in 1990. I think that if those 2 older ones did not die last summer when it was so hot they have some life years left in them.
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My sister lives in the house we grew up in and the freezer from our childhood is still there and working. One of those huge chest freezers. It will be hard to get it out of the basement when it needs to go. It's probably close to 50 years old.
Posts: 614 | Location: Indianapolis | Registered: Nov 03, 2007
My mother gave us her upright freezer that is probably from 1975. I think it's a GE. We keep it in our guesthouse kitchen. It works just fine. Hubby hates having it. He thinks we don't need it but I find it really useful for turkeys, meat I buy on sale and all of my frozen lean cuisines, lol. I check it often and keep waiting for the day that I find it has pooped out. But so far, so good!
Originally posted by conrad: One thing to consider on an old freezer, (especially if it is frost free) is the high electricity use per appliance.
Newer chest type freezers, that have manual defrost are very efficient now and cost little to operate compared to some old models.
Conrad, u r sooo right on that! MIL had an oldster freezer and it put out so much heat that the garage in was in was hot even in the winter...and her house was freezing!!! She was just used to keeping that old thing filled even tho she went thru once a year and and threw most of it away!!!! Her electric was horrendous til she got rid of it!
Posts: 2423 | Location: North East Florida | Registered: Oct 19, 2003
We also had a 1950's Philco refrigerator in the basement, from DH's parents. They built them to last back then and it was still working when we donated it a few years ago, (and replaced it with a smallish chest freezer, great replacement). I was amazed at how much power that old refrigerator drew, as our electric bill went down the next month.
Our freezer isn't that old. Our old refrigerator that we just sold this year - we bought in 1990, replaced the compressor in 1995 and it has been going strong ever since. It has been our back up refrigerator since we moved in 2000, DS sold us her back up refrigerator when she moved down so we then sold ours.
My really old frig/freezer (I think from the 50's)died over Thanksgiving.It was the kind that you had to open the full size door and then open the small freezer door.(Yes, it needed defrosted annually). I only used the frig part for beer/soda.Next problem--disposal. While my garbage service would pickup the refrigerator,I needed to have the freon removed and some kind of sticker applied for proof. After many phone calls, I found an appliance store that would handle the entire removal for $40. (high end range was $70)!
Our old Philco was still working at the end too. Would have made a great Keggerator, (maybe it still is holding beer somewhere?)
Same issue with us to dispose of, as it was in the basement, and those things are HEAVY! We then bought a new refrigerator, and small chest freezer. The local appliance store, had free pickup and disposal of replaced appliances. Because the freezer went downstairs they picked up the old refrigerator free, and the upstairs one. We were thrilled to have it gone.
We have a lot of guys on Craig's list who offer to come and get old appliances free (scrap value). (I am pretty sure they don't recapture the freon). We did not go this route because of it being in the basement, heavy and risk of their injury/lawsuit. If we could have gotten it upstairs and to the garage, we would have done the CL route.