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#3137459 - 01/24/13 12:52 PM freezer burn problems
Crosshairy
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The electrical circuit that my freezer in the garage is hooked up to tripped off twice in the past 3-4 months. I finally bought a temperature alarm and have it set up to warn me if this occurs again. I also narrowed down the cause - I *THINK* it's happened whenever I've hooked up my portable compressor. It doesn't charge properly anymore, so I've quit plugging it in and just run it off of a cigarette lighter adapter.

Anyway...
Both times that the freezer tripped off, I experienced a partial thaw of the meat inside. Since that's happened, I've cooked one package of catfish (it was at the top of the freezer and saw the worst of the problems) and it was probably 50% ruined by freezer burn.

I cooked some ground meat recently, and smelled something odd about it so I started scraping meat off the outside of the tube as it thawed. I managed to avoid cooking anything freezer burned in that batch.

Then last night I cooked a package of steaks and had about 10-15% freezer burn in it. It wasn't noticeable enough in that package, so all the meat got cooked. My wife got a bite of it first off, and it ruined the meal for her (what a weenie!).

What would you guys do? I guess I could inspect each package and look for dark patches in the meat after they thaw and trim it off. I just hate that I might ruin an entire meal (I'm really concerned about ground meat that's harder to inspect).

I've never had such widespread freezer burn issues before.
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#3137514 - 01/24/13 01:18 PM Re: freezer burn problems [Re: Crosshairy]
WMAn
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How is your meat packaged?
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#3137623 - 01/24/13 02:31 PM Re: freezer burn problems [Re: WMAn]
TAFKAP
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Is the freezer on a GFCI circuit? Perhaps replacing the GFCI outlet with just a plain outlet would help your problems. I was told the load placed on the circuit by the compressor eventually wore out the mechanical switch in the GFCI.
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#3137919 - 01/24/13 06:36 PM Re: freezer burn problems [Re: TAFKAP]
mike243
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TAFKAP the GFCI dosent know or care whats running,it detects voltage feeding to ground,on a frost free fridge or frezzer the fan motors will gather moisture & 1 day trip the GFCI,might be 1 day, month or years but it will happen,
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#3138066 - 01/24/13 08:26 PM Re: freezer burn problems [Re: TAFKAP]
Crosshairy
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WMA - most of it is in grocery store-style styrene trays with plastic wrap on top (I.e. not vacuum-sealed).

TAFKAP - yes, it is. The circuit is basically every outlet in the garage. I normally avoid dabbling in electrician work at all costs, but I'll probably make an exception if this happens again. I'm hoping my temperature alarm will save the day in the future.
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#3138130 - 01/24/13 09:08 PM Re: freezer burn problems [Re: Crosshairy]
WMAn
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I use one of those night-lights that glows blue to let me know that I have power to my freezer. We have an indoor cat, her food is in the garage, so at least once a day I verify that my freezer has power.
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#3138136 - 01/24/13 09:11 PM Re: freezer burn problems [Re: WMAn]
Diehard Hunter
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If your freezer is a frost free model, that is a large part of your problem. Get a deep freeze that is not frost free. The constant freezing and thawing that keeps the frost from forming is also freezing and thawing your food, and will cause freezer burn. I have not have any freezer burnt food since I got rid of my frost free freezer.
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#3138169 - 01/24/13 09:38 PM Re: freezer burn problems [Re: Diehard Hunter]
TrailWatcher
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If the freezer is plugged in at the GFI a non GFI plug can be added beside it easily just for the freezer with some basic electrical skills..
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#3138313 - 01/25/13 05:52 AM Re: freezer burn problems [Re: TrailWatcher]
mike243
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wrong trailwatcher,the only way that would work is if you left the ground off of the outlet,then you would have a shocking hazard!.any outlets on the same circut as the GFCI will be protected by it & will trip fyi
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#3138355 - 01/25/13 06:52 AM Re: freezer burn problems [Re: mike243]
TrailWatcher
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Nope not wrong what I'm saying is you could cut in another outlet beside the GFI and connect into the Line side of the GFI..you would be adding another outlet to the circuit but then you would have one outlet that is not on the GFI for just the freezer...
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