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Offline OlderButLearningAgain

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Hi,

I have been having trouble with a Frost Free Freezer so I have ordered a new one. However, the freezer was empty and dethawed for 2 days.

Last night it was left empty, and set to -24 degrees centigrade. But put on fast freeze. This morning. The temperature displayed -29 degrees Centigrade. Is this possible. Or do I not believe the Gauge.

Further, opening and touching the walls - the freezer doesnt feel that cold that your hand sticks to it.

A  few minutes ago I put a saucepan of water in the bottom.

Ten minutes later it's showing -28.

Does that sound like it's working, or I am I wasting my time thinking it's working or do I just go and throw away the freezer?

Thanks in advance for any help for any information that you can provide me on this subject.


 

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The air temperature may well be -29C or thereabouts. The question is, does it freeze water? It will take a long time to freeze a saucepanful, but "fast freeze" should produce ice cubes in an hour or two.

Hands sticking to the surface is not a reliable test if you have dry skin and the pump was switched off at the time. Key question was whether the surface felt cold?
 

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No, the gauge is Centigrade. it was showing +20 when it had been left open and off for 24 hours. (Sorry - person has removed post - they questioned whether it was Fahrenheit)

It's now down to -25, and when you open the door you see "steam" - frozen movement of air?

I felt the coolness land on my feet.

I am with my lodger - and he doesnt believe it is working. He then tried feeling the inside of his fridge - and it felt warm to the touch.  Yet it is keeping items cool.

Tried the wet hands idea and I think it does feel colder.

Have put a little egg cup sized plastic pot in with water - let's see if it turns to ice. Left the saucepan in there for good measure.
« Last Edit: 16/08/2013 06:56:21 by OlderButLearningAgain »
 

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It's now down to -25, and when you open the door you see "steam" - frozen movement of air?

So it's working!

"Frost free" suggests that it works by blowing cold dry air through the box, so the surfaces might not feel cold or sticky.
 

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