Chest Freezer Will Not Cool Below 18 F

Chest freezer will only cool to 18 F. Is set on coldest setting. It's a Montgomery Ward 23 ft. and has been reliable for almost 30 years. Hate to trash it. Any ideas?

By doteco from Port St. Lucie, FL

July 19, 20090 found this helpful

Firstly, are the seals on the lid in good condition without cracks or breaks and is there any ice stopping the seal from operating correctly?

Secondly, has the refrigeration unit been regassed recently? Being of such a vintage I would imagine that the refrigerant unit is well overdue for a top up. Cheers Ron

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July 19, 20090 found this helpful

I once owned an older model chest type freezer and it stopped keeping things frozen. The service man came out and put more gas in it before items could unthaw and in a matter of days, the gas leaked out. This older type cannot be repaired and had to be replaced. Thirty years is a long time to have a deep freeze that hadn't gone bad until now. I think it's time to replace before buying more gas or other part gone bad; like a vehicle; nothing lasts forever and it's thriftier to put the money towards a new one.

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September 15, 20090 found this helpful

With a freezer that old, you should consider replacing it even though you feel it's practically part of the family! I think you will be surprised at the difference you will see in your electric bill. The new ones are much more energy-efficient.

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