Freezer Rental Program

What is the Freezer Rental Program?

This program is for short term rentals of -20 and -80 laboratory freezers while your laboratory freezer is being repaired or   delivered. The freezer rental program is provided to the University by Campus Life Services Facilities Services (CLSFS).

How much does it cost?

  The following units are available for daily rentals only currently on the Parnassus Campus.


  • 12.7 cubit foot ( -80°C)
  • 13   cubit foot (-20°C)
  • 14   cubit foot (-80°C)
  • 17   cubit foot (-20/-80°C)

Freezer rental rates = $77.77/day (Fiscal Year 20-21)

  Plus HVAC hourly rate $108.28 (Delivery, setup, and pickup)

Tips before proceeding

Due to Building Code, Facilities will not be able to deliver freezers that block Safety equipment, block Fire Extinguishers, exit aisles and exit corridors.

Please have a suitable location clear and ready as well as enough clearance for delivery before you submit your request. Thank you for understanding

How do I rent a Freezer Unit?

If a freezer is available, we will have it delivered to your laboratory by our Facilities crew. If a freezer is not readily available, we will ask if you want to be placed on the waitlist. Once one becomes available, we will re-confirm that you still need the freezer before scheduling the delivery.  To start the process, please submit a service request or call Facilities Services @ (415) 476-2021. 

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Note: Before starting the process, be sure to have the following information ready:

  • Name
  • Contact Information
  • Location
  • Funding Information
  • Specify Timeframe
How to return a Freezer Unit?

When you are done with the freezer, make sure all of your items are removed from the freezer, then call Facilities Customer Service (415)476-2021 for pick up.

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Maintenance & Energy Saving

Freezer Clean out is a great way to mitigate energy consumption while saving you time and effort in the future! Organizing your freezer and eliminating old materials will free up space for new samples, make it easier to locate needed samples and all together minimizing the need for a new freezer. This is a great cost saver!
In addition, by clearing frost buildup you will save energy, improve ease of access, and ensure the longevity of your freezer.

    Tips to keep your freezer running its best: 
  • Make sure freezer is reaching its temperature set point.
  • If you can hear the compressor running constantly, or if the freezer is set for –80 but only reaches –79, be sure to talk to you lab manager or PI and have the unit looked at immediately.
  • Make sure your freezer is alarmed and that the battery is working properly so that your lab is notified in case of a failure.
  • Check the gaskets and rubber seals around the freezer door. If the seals are broken, schedule a repair.
  • Clear away any ice buildup with a soft cloth or rubber mallet. Be cautious to avoid damaging the rubber seals and gaskets.
  • Clean the filter that protects the condenser coils (for upright –80s, usually located at the bottom of the freezer in the front). This will allow for proper air circulation and cooling.


Need to rent a freezer? Submit a service request.