Chest freezer   Repairable or not?

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    Default Chest freezer Repairable or not?

    Hello all, new to this site and it looks like it could be interesting to use for a variety of things!
    My question here is regarding a chest freezer we have in the basement. It is approx 15 yo and has worked fine with no problems at all but within the last six months I've noticed it not sealing on one corner and looks as if the lid is warped!
    My gut feeling is that there is no easy adjustment or...? short of possibly replacing the lid which isn't really practical on a 15 (?) year old small freezer. It is a Woods brand model no. C09NAD sold in Canada and they are no longer around.
    From anyone here more expert than me on appliances, is this an unusual thing to see and can be remedied somehow "simply" that I'm unaware of? (I'm hoping my pic is viewable?)
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    Thanks in advance for any input!
    Gord

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    Hi,

    Your picture worked fine

    Yes, WCWoods is long gone

    Is the lid damaged at all...no dents or such?
    Is the lid heavy or heavier than normal?
    Will the lid stay up?
    When the freezer is defrosted, how long is it allowed off?
    Is there any frost build up alone the top edge?

    jeff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff1 View Post
    Hi,

    Your picture worked fine

    Yes, WCWoods is long gone

    Is the lid damaged at all...no dents or such?
    Is the lid heavy or heavier than normal?
    Will the lid stay up?
    When the freezer is defrosted, how long is it allowed off?
    Is there any frost build up alone the top edge?

    jeff.
    No, the lid has no serious damage....just a minor dent or two.
    I wouldn't say the lid seems any heavier than its always been?? Although it does appear kind of hard as if there is ice buildup inside!
    No, the lid hasn't stayed up on its own for a long time. Something to do with spring adjustment? (or the fact that it probably has ice buildup inside?)
    We haven't defrosted it for a long time ; can't really comment?
    Yes, because of the gap on the sealing edge at that corner, ice crystals build up on the surface(s).

    I meant to say in my original post that if I put a weight on top (24 pack of beer, pop or...?) and it works well to hold it down but others in the family complain about taking the weight off and then trying to put it back on!
    Thanks a lot for the reply Jeff, any help or advice is appreciated! I'm almost resigned to buying a new one but seems a shame before exhausting any practical repair option.
    Gord

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    Hello again, I replied last night but don't see it posted here?? I hit "reply with quote" and then my reply then submitted????
    Anyway,
    No, the lid is not really damaged in any serious way ...scratches, small dents etc.
    Yes, the lid does seem kind of heavy and when you feel it, it's as if there is an ice buildup inside the lid! Probably not good, eh?
    No, the lid hasn't stayed open on it's own for quite a while. See answer above for the reason?
    It's been so long since it was last defrosted, I couldn't really say.
    Yes, ice crystals do form on the sealing surfaces (top and bottom) due to the gap present now. If I put something of sufficient weight on top at that corner, it will make it seal but everybody else in the family complains about lifting this big weight off and on!
    I'm pretty much resigned to getting a new one but seemed a shame to not at least investigate any possible repair that I wasn't aware of!
    Thanks for the reply Jeff and any assistance or advice from yourself or others is greatly appreciated!
    Gord

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    Yes, the lid does seem kind of heavy and when you feel it, it's as if there is an ice buildup inside the lid! Probably not good, eh?
    No, the lid hasn't stayed open on it's own for quite a while.
    Older freezers had pink style insulation inside the lid. Room temp ( warm ) on one side and cold ( freezer temp ) on the other side and where the two different temps meet in the middle of the lid created moisture. This moisture over time would freeze and make an ice block inside the lid. The weight if the ice/lid can damage the hinges, damage the hinge springs, warp the lid.
    We would recommend people prop the lid open with a stick or such and defrost the freezer for a few days, this would allow the ice to melt and the water to run out. If the ice block was too bad we would take the lid apart and replace the insulation inside. As far as I know newer units have a blown in foam lid now which prevents this from happening.

    I'm pretty much resigned to getting a new one
    That might be the best idea....most of us get a smaller freezer now as don't store as much food like we did 20-30 years ago.

    jeff.
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    Thanks again Jeff, I might defrost it while I'm preparing to dispose of it and have a closer look at those things like you suggested but not holding my breath. It actually looks kind of ratty and grubby-looking now that I look closer at it but it's like part of the family now! ,
    I appreciate the advice!
    Cheers,
    Gord

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    It actually looks kind of ratty and grubby-looking now that I look closer at it but it's like part of the family now!
    LOL! Keep us posted.

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