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Condensation on Outside of Freezer

I just bought a new Kenmore 5 cubic foot freezer, manual defrost, from Sears, $179 on sale. Its my first freezer.

It works well, all food frozen, but in the week I have owned it, it builds up condensation on the outside. I suspect it is the external conditions it is exposed to, and am wondering if this is simply something I need to live with.

I keep this in a garage, and we have had horrible humidity all week. The water would condense on the top lid only, and usually only overnight and into the morning. It would then dry off through evaporation.

For two days now it has rained -- obviously it is much more humid now -- and the lid is so full of moisture it drips down the sides onto the seal, and I see condensation on the lower right side bottom third, and on the front all around the drain hole plug.

Is this normal? I remember my mothers huge metal chest freezer from my childhood, also in the garage for years, and it never did this. Of course, that could just be a bvetter model than what I chose to buy. Offering for the size I wanted were slim.

Any help would be great. Thanks.

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  • antonberg Sep 29, 2008

    Thanks -- I thought as much. I only plan to use it seasonally anyway. Its for overflow from the harvest and for the holidays.

    I appreciate it!


  • Peter Goodwin
    Peter Goodwin Nov 19, 2014

    Hello Antonberg, My name is Peter. I am a retired field service refrigeration. Refrigerators and freezers are not designed to operate in a garage or on a patio. They are designed only to operate in the ambient temperatures of a home. Read your owners manual. If your purchas a new unit or have a service contract on a unit you moved to your garage, your warrantee will be nulified. In drastic temperature changes such as summer - your cooling fan is blowing hot air over already hot coils, can not cool your unit. Storing your unit in the garage for months at a time - changes in temperature will corrode the electrical wiring. Also, when you first purchase a unit and plug it in, it takes 24 hours for the system to reach a balance where you have a low pressure vapor side and a high pressure liquid side. Without the compressure running to maintain this balance you may get the high pressure liquid in the low pressure vapor side. After a period of time, storing and plugging your unit back in it will not run and will be non repairable.

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Hi thanks for the question .yes you will have to live with it warm & humid climate especially in the garage .A fan close by could help thanks the appliance doc

Posted on Sep 28, 2008

  • Peter Goodwin
    Peter Goodwin Nov 19, 2014

    Hello Antoberg; My name is Peter. I am a retired field service refrigeration technician. Both refrigerators and freezers are not designed to operate in a garage or outside back patio. There are units that are designed to do so, but they are very expensive. If we received a service call, even if the customer had a service contract, we would cancel the call if the unit was in a garage or out doors. There are many reasons, such as hot summer temperatures - The cooling coil fan can not get rig of the heat - It is blowing hot air across the already hot coils. These units are designed for the ambient conditions of a home. Eventually, storing the unit for months in a garage and then plugging it in again - at some point it will not start, and not be repairable. All of your electrical will corrode among other non operational problems.

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