I just bought a new Kenmore 5 cubic foot freezer, manual defrost, from Sears, $179 on sale. Its my first freezer.
It works well, all food frozen, but in the week I have owned it, it builds up condensation on the outside. I suspect it is the external conditions it is exposed to, and am wondering if this is simply something I need to live with.
I keep this in a garage, and we have had horrible humidity all week. The water would condense on the top lid only, and usually only overnight and into the morning. It would then dry off through evaporation.
For two days now it has rained -- obviously it is much more humid now -- and the lid is so full of moisture it drips down the sides onto the seal, and I see condensation on the lower right side bottom third, and on the front all around the drain hole plug.
Is this normal? I remember my mothers huge metal chest freezer from my childhood, also in the garage for years, and it never did this. Of course, that could just be a bvetter model than what I chose to buy. Offering for the size I wanted were slim.
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I would plug it into a different plug in - not one that is on the same circuit that it is plugged into now. If the plug in is working for other things, it still may be bad and not able to handle the load of the freezer. If your freezer will not work on a completely different circuit, then there could be something wrong with the freezer, but it is not likely since two of them should not be bad. Seems to me more like an electrical problem in your location. Hope this helps you, Rick
That would depend on the size of the freezer. If it's a compact 5-7 cubic feet, then its not necessarily needed, but if it is a large freezer I would recommend buying the hose adapter. The basic function for the hose adapter is draining the water after defrosting the freezer.
So if it's a large freezer that will not be moved, then YES by all means, you need the adapter.
If you want a manual defrost model they are all almost the same.
Manuel defrost is very simple, just compressor and thermostat. No fans or defrost system. The true indication of quality is the energy star rating. Look at the operating cost. The better made ones cost less to operate. Just shop by price and features you want. High temp warning, rapid freeze etc. Normally I would stay clear of the White/Westinghouse garbage(Gibson,Kelvinator, Frigidaire, etc.) in washers and dryers but in refrigeration they aren't too bad. It is really hard to tell anymore who actually makes what. They all seem to be buying each other out. GE sold out and doesn't make their own anymore, Whirlpool bought out Maytag, Jenn air, and Amana. Kenmore/Sears is mostly made by Whirlpool. I have trouble telling things apart anymore.