My upright freezer has been a nightmare. The alarm woke us up last week at 3 a.m. to find our food slowly defrosting. It was jammed.packed.full.
This happened last year as well and I had to haul ALL of my food over to my parents house. They happen to own a GE freezer that has been running fine through two moves between three states for over 30 years. Go figure.
How long did my gem of a Frigidaire last? FIVE YEARS. I pretty much paid $100 a year for it's use. Which is so irritating. I've got it listed in the classifieds right now thinking some man might want a beer fridge to put in his workshop somewhere. That's about all it's good for.
Repairs would cost the same as purchasing a new one.
You would be hard pressed to find any alternate brands to purchase that are not actually pieces of Frigidaire crap with a different name slapped on them. We found a Whirlpool model we were ready to purchase, but the model won't be available until January of 2012. (What?!)