Question about Danby 3.6 cu. ft. / 102 liter Chest Freezer Millenium DCF401W

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ALL we did was move the freezer from one room to the next to paint. When we placed back in the room it would not get cold. Compressor seem to fire but the freezer will not get cold. Any advice on how to fix ? Thank you

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If the compressor runs but your not getting cold, 90 percent of the time one of two things has happened. either the compressor valves have gotten weak over time and the process of moving and warming up allowed it to defrost and now it has to pull down from a hot box to freezing and just can't because the valves prevent 100 percent efficiency and it struggles to achieve temperature.however i think most likely is that the delicate , brittle , and highly suceptible steel tubing in the outer skin of the box has ruptured and the box has lost its refrigerant charge. these are sealed systems usually with no place to apply a gage to verify if charge is low or valves are bad. if by some chance it has access ports where you can apply a suction gage, a pressure of 20 to 40 punds is close for a hot box and pressures of 60 and above may indicate weak valves. if you are running less than 10 pounds or in a vacuum then the charge is gone, leaked out . unfortunately a new compressor is usually to big an investment in an old box. new is cheaper! and if the tubing in the case has ruptured, then its inaccessible and box is condemned also. sorry to be the bearer of bad tidings but many times a new box is a blessing and saves you from sinking a ton of money in an old one. imagine your frustration if the compressor went bad cause it was low on freon and you paid for a new compressor only to have it die in a few months also. i am pretty sure you have lost your freon charge and unless you can physically see the leak with soap bubbles right at the compressor piping you are in need of a new box. good luck .

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