How to Troubleshoot Problems With a Wood's Chest Freezer

The W.C. Wood Company, producer of the Wood’s line of appliances, closed its doors for good in November 2009. The company produced chest-style freezers through the years before its closure, so the manufacturer’s misfortune doesn’t mean that you need to shut the door on a usable appliance. Although the business’s closing offerings ranged in size from approximately 7 to 21.7 cubic feet, W.C. Wood advocates similar troubleshooting procedures across these versions.

Pack Properly

For Wood’s freezers, many possible problems — including excessive frost accumulation, defrosting or continuous running — happen because of the appliance’s lid being accessible. To remedy this matter, pack the freezer with care. Put the largest and heaviest items at the bottom when keeping lighter, smaller items on top. Use 1 basket for oddly shaped, miscellaneous items, and keep this basket nicely beneath the top border of this unit to prevent irregular-shaped objects from holding the lid open. When you shut the freezer’s lid properly, you will see a feeling of light suction in the gasket.

Goal the Gasket

A dirty gasket — the rubber liner that surrounds the top border of this chest deep, creating suction to seal it close — can cause your appliance to operate too; since a soiled gasket doesn’t seal effectively, the freezer attempts to compensate for losing cool air. Eliminate dirt, residue and sticky substances such as bananas, syrups or jellies in the gasket by wiping it gently and thoroughly with a sponge dampened with warm water. Don’t use detergents to clean the gasket since they may damage the seal.

Odor Clearance

To remedy a stinky chest freezer, begin the cleaning procedure by removing the food in the appliance. Sprinkle baking soda on the bottom and sides of the freezer’s interior compartment, then gently clean the compartment with a nonabrasive sponge, mild soap and warm water. Wash the compartment with a once-over of water just, then dry it thoroughly with a clean towel before replacing its contents.

Remedy Other Issues

The Wood line of chest freezers come with you to three baskets, based on the size of the freezer. If you can’t get the freezer’s lid to shut completely, make sure that the corners of the baskets do not overlap; that can pose a problem if you’ve obtained extra baskets for your freezer. W.C. Wood suggests enabling hot foods to cool before storing them in your freezer to prevent temperature changes.