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I have a basic chest freezer which freezes very well, and which I defrost regularly. For some reason, when it is full and freezing fine, it is also leaking water from somewhere underneath. How is this possible when there is no water being used by a freezer?

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  • l_m_owen May 08, 2010

    I found the tubes and tied them together but I don't think that is the problem. After defrosting I tipped the freezer and inspected it underneath where I found holes in the bottom. Are they rivet points? They were damp and spongy round areas, and one of them had marks of being cut into a square shape. They were actually dripping when I inspected them. Is there anything I can do to these points to strengthen them? What is the normal life span of a chest freezer?

  • l_m_owen May 14, 2010

    Thanks again, Mr Frost. I didn't mention that the holes are about the size of a quarter. The freezer is 25 years old, and has moved once with us which involved 3 months of it being turned off. It's probably been leaking since we moved 10 years ago..I have noticed that it is not leaking at the present time. Maybe tieing the tubes helped. Time will tell.

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The dripping is due to moisture getting into the freezer possibly due to a bad lid seal, the moisture condenses into water and runs out a small drain hole at the bottom this can happen on occasion also when loading up new food in the freezer

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    Fal Mueller May 17, 2010

    Hi fal again, your unit working fine? making cold ? cooling units will condense moisture and leek water, depends on climate,Where do you live ?

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Good day,
What you probably have is sweat back on the tubing that carries the freon back to the compressor, from the coils in the freezer.
If it runs extremely long periods of time, it will get cold enough to start sweating, then dripping on the floor.
At the factory, the line entering the coils, called a capillary tube is warm, and is soldered to the return line to prevent this problem.
They will many times become un soldered.
No damage will occur because of this other than being a nuisance.
It can be re soldered or in some cases re strapped using a quantity of zip ties.

P.S. The capillary tube is very tiny in diameter. Do not mistake it for a wire or abuse it in any way. It carries freon in it.

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  • John Hall May 08, 2010

    Good day,

    Sorry for the delay. Storm outage.

    Doesn't sound good. Seems to be an issue with insulation breakdown between the the inner and outer walls on the bottom.

    You didn't give the age, and like people, it varies. 20 years seems to be the consensus.



    Propping the machine up, and turned off, you could try an extensive drying out process, ideally using a floor fan. But I'm talking maybe 2 weeks. Not very practical for most people.

    Sorry, but that's the only thing I could suggest.

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