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Old 10-19-2016, 01:42 AM
 
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I have a four year old 7 cu ft manual defrost chest freezer operating in my garage. This past summer which was very hot for a long period of time, I placed the temperature setting on 6 (1 being the warmest and 7 being the coldest setting). At this setting, the compressor ran 24/7 and kept the fully stocked freezer cold. Since the outdoor temperature now is cooler than in the summer, earlier today I decided to change the temperature setting one notch warmer (to 5). When I did that, the compressor immediately shut off, which I thought was odd. After 15 minutes, I increased the setting back to 6 and the compressor still did not come back on. I then unplugged the unit, waited 15 minutes and plugged in back in, set the temperature setting at 4 and waited for a half hour and the compressor did not come on. I set the temperature setting to the coldest (7) and only after about eight hours, did the compressor come back on again and is not operating constantly. The inside temperature of the chest freezer is -8 degrees Fahrenheit on the coldest setting. I am afraid to touch the temperature control knob again for fear of turning off the compressor again and going through the stress and worry of it perhaps not coming back on in the future. Is it normal for a compressor to shut off when changing temperature settings or is my chest freezer not working properly?
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Old 10-19-2016, 03:22 PM
 
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The older style controls for refrigerators and freezers are notorious for not really accurately maintaining temperature but the other issue is that a FULL chest freezer ought to have LOTS of thermal mass and will take a LONG TIME for the temperature to change...

Check the temp with an actual thermometer and allow a day or so between changes.
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Old 10-19-2016, 04:03 PM
 
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I have a freezer but mine is not a chest one, it looks like a mini fridge. It's in a spare room but as far as I know the compressor only comes on sometimes when I close the door. There should be an automatic thermostat built in that won't turn the compressor on unless it needs to be on. If everything is frozen it wouldn't need to turn on to freeze it more. Keeping it full also helps it work better.
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Old 10-22-2016, 06:26 PM
 
Location: Mexico City (at the moment)
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I have a four year old 7 cu ft manual defrost chest freezer operating in my garage. This past summer which was very hot for a long period of time, I placed the temperature setting on 6 (1 being the warmest and 7 being the coldest setting). At this setting, the compressor ran 24/7 and kept the fully stocked freezer cold. Since the outdoor temperature now is cooler than in the summer, earlier today I decided to change the temperature setting one notch warmer (to 5). When I did that, the compressor immediately shut off, which I thought was odd. After 15 minutes, I increased the setting back to 6 and the compressor still did not come back on. I then unplugged the unit, waited 15 minutes and plugged in back in, set the temperature setting at 4 and waited for a half hour and the compressor did not come on. I set the temperature setting to the coldest (7) and only after about eight hours, did the compressor come back on again and is not operating constantly. The inside temperature of the chest freezer is -8 degrees Fahrenheit on the coldest setting. I am afraid to touch the temperature control knob again for fear of turning off the compressor again and going through the stress and worry of it perhaps not coming back on in the future. Is it normal for a compressor to shut off when changing temperature settings or is my chest freezer not working properly?

Sounds like the problem may be the thermostat sensor, not the compressor.
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