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Freezer (Stand-Alone) Blocking Vents
The Home Wizard app calculates your ideal home care program to avoid problems with your Freezer (stand-alone), but sometimes trouble can still occur. Here are answers to questions about freezer (stand-alone) blocking vents.
QUESTION FROM gogorita1
My husband is constantly after me to keep the vents in our freezer section of the refridgerator free of items. He tells me that if the vents are blocked with frozen items it makes the freezer work harder. The vents pertrude out so they can't be totally blocked. We argue over this all the time. Can you let me know if there is any validity to his concern???
ANSWER FROM HOME-WIZARD
Well, I'm sorry to have to take sides between you and your husband. And please don't shoot the messenger. But yes, blocking the vents (even partially) in a freezer reduces air circulation in the compartment, which therefore reduces the cooling efficiency of your unit. As a result, either your freezer compartment will run a little warmer, or if it has a thermostat that controls it to a set temperature, then it will cause your compressor to have to work harder which consumes more energy and reduces the life of the compressor.
Probably not what you wanted to hear, but hopefully this is helpful.
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