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Kenmore 255.19702010 Chest Freezer pool of water

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Small Kenmore 255.19702010 Chest Freezer (deep freezer) kept in dry basement left a good sized puddle of water beneath it in a span of a few hours.  Unplugged it, mopped up the water, moved things to a cooler, defrosted it.  It never did this before, so I was alarmed.  All of the things were frozen solid, so the moisture didn't come from the box itself, and it only had a little frost ice on the inside sides.  Last defrosted (manual/unplugged only) in the Summer.  Poked around on the net and saw only "clogged drain" or clogged defrost pipe.  My unit only has one drain in the box, one that's secured with plastic plugs that's normally screwed tight until a defrost is done.  Took off the side panel and saw that the compressor is a sealed system, with no pipe anywhere for draining, all is sealed metal pipe.  Tipped it over to look at the bottom for a plug or hole of some sort, and saw just a big silver insulated jacket, with one spot that has a circular area that's made of a cork-like material, and also near the compressor area, is a spot where the insulation is cut away, but big fabric patch is put over it and liberally hot-glued.  All was dry, and there is no drip pan or other access panel.

Outlet was energized, plugged it in and seemed to run normally (it's very quiet normally with an occasional popping noise like metal expanding under heat), no smoke, etc., so I unplugged and came here.  Is this a fatal thing, or...?  Water was dark, about a pint's worth in the mop bucket.  Thanks in advance!

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