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Our freezer has been running nonstop to refreeze everything and now it is blowing warm air. What do we do? Unplug for a break or just shut the door?

We have two upright freezers. We think the door was left open on one and some things were thawed. We shut the door but nothing refroze so we moved everything into the other freezer which packed it. Well now the other one is having issues. we don't know if one of the items was keeping the door from from shutting completely, but now some 1/2 of the stuff in there is thawed. the first freezer is now working fine after a few days, so we moved a few things back into it. but I am not sure if the second freezer is blowing out cold air. Should I keep the door shut and unplug it so that it can have a break from running nonstop. Or should shutting the door fix the problem? Please help. I don't want to lose a freezer half full of meat. thank you. Nicole

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    Peter Stearns May 11, 2010

    I think your first freezer has a defrost problem. I would guess that when you emptied it, you turned it off, so that it defrosted some and began to work. With a defrost problem, it gets so full of frost, air doesn't circulate. Giving a freezer a rest doesn't do anything, provided the defroster is working correctly. If that is working, it gives itself a rest three times a day and a heater comes on and melts the frost.

    My guess is that the defrost timer needs to be replaced on the first freezer. But you can test that by manually turning the defrost timer with a screwdriver. The timer is located under the freezer (I think) accessible from in front near the floor. There is a little hole on the face of the timer. You can put a screwdriver into it and turn a wheel until the timer clicks. Then it should be defrosting and you'll get water out onto the evaporation tray. If this works, wait half an hour or so and turn the timer some more, turning off the defroster. Then go buy a new timer and install it.

    It could be that your second freezer is just too full to circulate cold air.



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Have u checked the thermostat setting? Set it as u usually do and if indeed the door was left open, then try shutting it down for(unplug) 10-12 Hrs and see if behaves normally after wards(set the thermostat too).

If not then have the thermostat replaced.....sodeep

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