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 Posted: Sat Mar 4th, 2006 08:30 pm
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I have been offered a Coldspot Chest Freezer that is about 35-40 years old.  Can anyone tell me if it is worth the gas money and manpower to go pick this up? Will it be more expensive to operate/maintain than buying a new one?  I am a single mom with 2 kids and on a limited budget.  Free sounds great to me, but will it cost more in the long run with electric bills?  I was told it works and I can come look at it anytime.  Any tips on what to look for to make sure its worth it?

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Wanda

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If it works, it's worth it. My personal rule in accepting used refrigeration equipment, even free stuff, is to personally verify that the temperatures are correct (i.e., 0F in the freezer and 36F in the beer compartment) before I load it in my van. Been burned too many times with the, "Oh, yeah, works great. why, I just ran it the other day!" line.



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The older Coldspot appliances were always good units. I repaired a Coldspot upright for a lady about 15 years ago. The unit was about 20 years old then. She still has it in her basement and it still runs fine. As far as energy consumption is concerned it may not be as bad as you are anticipating especially since its a manual defrost freezer.

 

 

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A new one would use less energy.But with a purchace price of zero, you would need many years of use out of a new one to break even. Chest freezers are pretty efficient, just don't put it in a hot area. Check it regularly to make sure your food is still frozen.

And like Samurai said, make sure it really does work.

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