Upright Freezer Runs Continuously, Doesn't Keep Food Frozen
Our upright Fridigaire freezer is running continuously, some food stays frozen (meat, kept in bottom), other food (ice cream, pasta, frozen potatoes, etc) kept in the upper areas is not staying frozen. Temp usually 0-5F when we check it, quickly gets to 10 or more when the door is opened (of course). Oddly, the basement where the freezer is located has felt unusually cold lately, as if the freezer is cooling the area around the freezer rather than inside the freezer…
Noticed ice on the bottom and a little frost in the back corner about a foot above the bottom, cleaned all that off. Drain was frozen over, cleared using a hair dryer, then hot water down the drain, checked with a piper cleaner. That cleared the ice.
24 hours later, no more ice, a tiny bit of frost in that one spot. But foods are still not staying frozen as described above and the compressor is running constantly!
I suspect the compressor is running continuously; every time we are down there, it is running. Thanks for any advice! The freezer is about 13 years old, but was working well up until a few months ago.