Coping with freezer breakdowns

Have you ever noticed that freezer breakdowns happen more in summer, usually when you’re stocked to the rafters with barbeque meats and ice cream?

There’s a technical explanation for your broken freezer. As outside temperatures rise, your freezer is forced to work harder to keep its internal compartments at optimum temperature. This causes parts to wear out much quicker than they otherwise would.

Couple this with seasonal thunderstorms causing power outages and you have a…well…perfect storm.

Dealing with damaged stock

For commercial ventures like shops or restaurants, an industrial freezer breakdown can have severe consequences, directly affecting both customer service and profits. Stock contained within the broken freezer must be assessed for safety and disposed of if deemed unsafe to eat.

But how can you tell what should be thrown away, and what can be reused?

How long has your freezer has been out of action? If it has only been a short period, your freezer’s insulation should protect its load. If you are unsure, or can’t be confident that food has remained frozen, you will need to arrange for disposal of any risky items such as meat and egg products.

How to repair a broken freezer

Once you’ve moved or disposed of the food from your broken freezer, your thoughts might turn to fridge freezer repairs. Check first for easy fixes like a pulled plug or tripped fuse. Once ruled out, there are a number of common issues that you can diagnose. A build-up of frost could indicate a broken thermostat or door gasket, while unusual noises could signal a freezer breakdown caused by the evaporator fan motor or blade.

It is usually best to contact an engineer for fridge freezer repairs if the power is connected but the appliance is not running or freezing properly.

The worst case: Broken freezer disposal

If the problem can’t be resolved, you may be left with no choice but to replace your freezer. Unfortunately, broken freezer disposal is trickier than you might think. Freezers are considered hazardous waste due to the fluorinated gases they contain. These gases are thought to contribute to global warming and are heavily controlled by legislation to prevent their release into the environment.

That’s why broken freezer disposal should be undertaken by a specialist waste management provider who can ensure compliance.

When you’re faced with an unplanned emergency situation such as a freezer breakdown it can be difficult to know what to do for the best. That’s why Biffa offers rapid emergency waste removal, with no contract necessary. Waste management compliance is vital even in an emergency – what would you do?

About the author

Hamza Fazal

Hamza is part of Biffa’s digital team, writing a diverse range of content on a number on industry topics. Hamza's favourite topic is Hazardous Waste, so look out for his handy tips coming your way!