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How to Lock a Chest Freezer

Dec 06, 2016

Protect garden harvests and grocery store finds by keeping your chest freezer locked between loading and unloading. Unintentionally leaving a freezer door thaws food and exposes contents to potential molding. By keeping a chest freezer locked when not in use, you will keep foods perfectly frozen and lessen the dangers to pets or children. A chest freezer may seem like a fun box to hide in but doing so can have tragic results. The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers recommends that consumers disable the lock or remove the lid of a disabled freezer.

Locking a Pre-Installed Lock


Load the freezer and set the desired temperature by adjusting the dial located on either side of the unit.


Close the chest freezer door securely. Look at the seal of the freezer to make sure no bags or papers are hanging out the sides.


Push the key in the lock and turn the lock to the right. This locks the freezer. Take the key out of the self-ejecting lock. Place the key in a safe location so you can find it easily when you need it.

Adding a New Lock


Use a damp cloth to wipe the freezer surface where the lock will be placed. Remove stubborn grease and grime by spraying the surface with a degreaser. Wipe the surface clean. The freezer needs to be dry.


Hold the single-clasp hasp in the desired position in the center of the freezer, on the front of the freezer. Use a pencil or pen to mark the four screw holes of the hasp. The long, dangling piece of the hasp should hang over the side of the freezer. This end will rest securely over the loop after installation. The padlock will slide through the loop to lock the freezer.


Screw the single-clasp hasp into place using an electric drill and the screws that came with the hasp kit. Lift the end of the hasp and line it up with the loop. Poke your pencil in the loop holes to mark them.


Screw the loop into place. Fold the end piece down over the loop. Install a padlock into the lock and close the lock. Keep the key in a safe place out of the reach of children.

Things You Will Need

  • Cloths

  • Degreasing product

  • Single-hasp clasp kit

  • Pencil

  • Electric screwdriver

  • Padlock


  • If the key does not pop out, it has not been shut securely.


  • Keep the key out of the reach of children.