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Freezer keeps going


userious?

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Hi,On Thursday the door of our freezer was left slightly ajar and started to defrost, luckily it was spotted but since then it hasnt switched itself off and just keeps running and im not sure what to do. Should we get a new one one or get it repaired, which might be costly, it's about five years old.

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rdave13

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Crosstrainer2

No. What's happened to userious? freezer is similar to what happened to morddwyd's freezer if I remember rightly and as morddwyd says, just defrost completely then run the freezes empty for about 12 hrs before stocking up again.

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Quickbeam

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For a quick defrost, use a fan heater, that will get rid of the ice and dry the internal surfaces completely before restarting. Put the heater on a chair away from the melt water and have it powered through an RCD (H&S).

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rdave13

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Quickbeam userious?

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Crosstrainer2

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Or use a blowtorch? ( only joking) don't try that at home folks!

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Diemmess

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Perhaps the thermostat has failed?

My chest freezer is 20-30 years old. Yes, I know it is old hat, inefficient and should have gone long ago.
I had to replace the thermostat about 15 years ago. Can you actually switch it off at the "warmest" setting?

Is there not a "freezer repair man" near you. It was easy for me, but an upright freezer may not be so easily fixed, being streamlined might have a tortuous route for the sensing bulb and capillary.

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Quickbeam

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rdave13

Yes, that way I can defrost mine within half an hour and have it back below freezing within an hour.

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wee eddie

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As has been said by almost all. A thorough defrost is in order.

Then, when it's back up and running, but still keeps running after a reasonable length of time or it doesn't re-freeze, it may be necessary to top up the gas/refrigerant. If it has done a good few years of service, the Refrigerant used in it may no longer be available.

In every town there are several small Companies maintaining Commercial Refrigeration Plant. Usually very busy in the hot weather. Ring one, tell them of the problem, have a chat about possible solutions, and ask for a quote for a call-out and possible costs. It may be cheaper to replace the whole thing.

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