I have a late 1950's early 1960's International Harvester chest freezer in
my house. It was here when we moved in and is too large to move out. The
unit seems to work fine, we have used it for the last 5 years. The only
thing I have noticed is that the seal around the door seems to be getting
stiff and slightly brittle. Is there any way of getting a replacement? I
know looking for new parts is not possible. Also I need to defrost the
unit, it now has a frost ridge at the top of the sides that will not let me
slide the wire racks around anymore anything that I should look for or check
out? Is there a drain I have looked on the inside of the unit and can not
Thanks in advance,
Lee, using a freezer from the 50's or 60's is going to cost you so much
in additional electric usage that you can afford to pay someone to take that
one out and bring you a new one. Those things ate electricity.
You may have to retrofit a newer gasket. Truth is, you'd be better off
cutting it up if you have to in order to move it out. The price of the
gasket, combined with the saving in electricity of a new unit, will pay back
in a very short time.
This is Turtle.
Go to your local appliance parts house and know what the shape and if it is
maginetic or just rubber type gasket and buy some universial gasket material to
rerun the gasket around there. You can get this stuff enough at about $25.00 to
$35.00 and just cut it to fit. If you buy the OEM stuff already cut and ready to
install you are looking at about $100.00 or so on maginetic type. Now Duct Tape
and Super Glue work pretty good.
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Not all freezers had a drain for defrosting, if not visable yours may
not have one. Lay some bath towles in the bottom to catch the water
and prop the lid up/open so any ice in the lid can defrost and drip
out, have some towels on the floor as well.
There are many places that can make a new gasket for you....
Check with local parts depot to see if they can get one made for you.
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