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Chest freezer ices up quicker than it should

I'm concerned as to whether the electricity used to keep it running out weighs the cost of a new freezer. Also the lid doesn't make a good seal and black mould grows between the rubber seal and the top of the cabinet. The problem lies with the seal, but I can't find a replacement. The freezer was made by "Iceland" and has a capacity of approximately 220 litres.

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If the box has mold between the seal and liner the the seal isn't the main problem, the main problem is the liner is bad and by time you got both parts if you can it would cost more than to replace the freezer.
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