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An open Maytag® chest freezer in a garage.

WHAT IS A GARAGE READY FREEZER?

The ability to handle hot or cold temperatures outside while maintaining an optimal temperature inside makes a freezer garage ready. That means you can store your freezer in a cold or hot garage without worrying about the change in temperatures from 0°F to 110°F. Maytag offers a Garage Ready freezer to help keep your food cold without worry.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A GARAGE READY FREEZER AND A REGULAR FREEZER?

A regular freezer is designed to work within a small temperature range in a controlled environment, like a house. Garage ready freezers can handle a larger fluctuation in temperatures with the range of 0-110°F. This allows you to place your freezer in the garage in the summer and throughout the winter without worrying about whether or not it can handle it. 

ARE ALL CHEST FREEZERS GARAGE OPTIMIZED?

Not all chest freezers are garage optimized. Internal components of chest freezers must be properly designed for and tested to ensure that they can handle higher and lower temperatures of the environment. Chest freezers that are garage optimized typically include “Garage Ready” in the name or may call that feature out so you know it is optimized for the garage.

A woman opening a Maytag® chest freezer.

ARE ALL UPRIGHT FREEZERS GARAGE OPTIMIZED?

As with chest freezers, not all upright freezers are garage optimized. If internal components are not designed for or tested to be garage optimized, they could malfunction in extreme high or low temperatures. Typically, upright freezers that are garage optimized will include that information in the name or in the listed features.

DO I NEED A GARAGE READY FREEZER?

You should get a garage ready freezer if you want an extra place to store frozen food without worrying about fluctuating temperatures. The common industry range for garage ready freezers is 0-110°F, meaning that it can handle the varying temperatures typically found in a garage without malfunctioning.

A Maytag® chest freezer.

HOW DO GARAGE READY FREEZERS HANDLE FLUCTUATING TEMPERATURES?

Freezers typically work harder than usual in the heat as the compressor cools the freezer’s internal environment. The opposite is true in the extreme cold as the compressor will simply not kick on until the external temperature is higher than what the internal freezer temperature is set to. Garage ready freezers are built to handle extreme hot or cold environments.

Some freezer models, like this Garage Ready in Freezer Mode chest freezer from Maytag, offer a dependable compressor, thick insulation and a triple sealed gasket to help lock in optimal temperatures. ENERGY STAR freezers are at least ten percent more energy efficient than the minimum federal standard and use advanced technology to deliver substantial energy savings. These freezers typically offer an improved design and installation along with temperature and defrost mechanisms and utilize high-efficiency compressors and evaporators to achieve energy efficiency.

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