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Old 09-11-2011, 08:14 PM   #1
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Stalled Deep Freeze = Rotten Meat


A neighbor wants me to look at a deep freeze for an insurance claim. He lost a freezer full of meat, cleaned up the mess and plugged the freezer back in and it works fine.

There was a small electrical storm a few days before he noticed the freezer had stopped working.

What do you call this, when appliances stop working and need to just be unplugged and then they work again?
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Old 09-11-2011, 08:21 PM   #2
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I call it exotic animal food...

Not sure what the insurance company calls it. It probably tried to restart when there was still high head pressure.

Intermittent failure?

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Animal food is exactly what he did with the meat. If you see a bunch of raccoons and coyotes running around with the hershey squirts, you'll know where they got it.

I like intermittent failure due to power interruption.

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The electrical storm may be a red herring, could be a doggy start relay and the problem may not be fixed.

I'd call it an equipment failure.
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I'd call it a reason to buy freezers with temp alarms.
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I'd call it a reason to buy freezers with temp alarms.
I'd agree, if you plan on storing a large amount of meat it's worth the investment. The question is if the insurance would even cover such a claim. Best of luck!
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Good tip about the temperature alarm.

I found a freezer alert alarm for $9. Surprising I haven't seen one of these at an appliance store.
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I would not even think about putting food back in that freezer. Even if it worked fine for 5 or more days why would someone chance loosing more food down the road. I would replace the freezer and sell the old one. Let some other smuck worry about it operating properly. Buy a new freezer and put an alarm on it.
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We filled out the paperwork the other night.

The damage was attributed to "intermittent equipment failure due to power interruption caused by an electrical storm".

This is covered under the homeowners policy up to $500 and the deductible does not apply.

I recommended they put an alarm on the freezer if they want to continue using it.

After seeing the antique, I'm not sure why they don't throw it out. It must cost $50/month to run.

Oh well. Matter closed.
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Cleveman, was the freezer on a AFCI or GFCI?

Since a GFCI is now required on all receptacles in an unfinished basement I raised the question about GFCI's tripping in a basement during a storm and going undetected at a IAEI (Intenational Electrical Inspectors Association) meeting.

I (and about 100 others) were assured by the instructor that new freezers had much lower leakage and this would no longer be a problem.

BTW, where can I buy the temp. alarms, sounds great!

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Old 09-14-2011, 10:56 PM   #11
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Sorry, Maurice, I didn't check. The thought didn't cross my mind because the home was built in 1970. I'm sure it was on a normal breaker.

But that is a good point. Lots of important stuff in the basement, such as the sump pump for example.

I just googled something like "freezer temperature alarm" and found a bunch of them.

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