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Water dripping from underside of chest freezer

Water drips from the underside of my chest freezer which is installed in the kitchen. I take it that this is condensation. Is the only solution to run a dehumidifier or can you get drip trays that would fit under the freezer.

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I've seen this one before. The problem turned out to be wet insulation. This is likely the problem with yours which probably happened when you last defrosted it.

When the insulation gets wet the problem cascades as more and more moisture accumulates in it. The affected insulation loses it's R-value and the cold transmits right through the wall or floor of the unit.

This problem is impossible to solve unless you cut the case apart and replace the insulation, (but how do you know you’re not going to hit an embedded refrigeration line? Not advisable).

One temporary solution that may last the remaining life of the unit anyway is to prevent air, and the moisture it holds, from contacting the affected area. This can be done the old Red-Green way with some insulation, plastic and duct tape. Scrape any visible frost off first so your new insulation doesn’t become affected as well.

If you tip the freezer up to do this, do it so the largest line coming out of the compressor is facing downward, then let it sit for at least 8 hrs before you start it up again.

Posted on Oct 16, 2007

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First make sure the door seals are sealing correctly and not letting the air in to the compartment because this is the only source of water.

Check that there is no ice buid-up around the seals.


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