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Old 06-19-2020, 08:32 AM
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I have an Engel 65 and it has some years on it, but it simply won’t keep ice any more.

It’s not had extensive use and when I say it doesn’t keep ice, it’s not because it’s being opened and closed. If I put something on ice and close the cooler, I can open the cooler for the first time 24 hrs later and the ice is ~90% melted.
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I'm not familiar with Engel (know they are great, just haven't had or been around one) but if your cooler worked fine before but now it's not then I'd think if it's not cracked or broke anywhere then about the only thing I could think of would be the rubber seal/frig seal at the top has been compromised?
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I wouldn't think the cooler would deteriorate from the inside out. I'd look more for ambient temperature being different, the starting temp or the cooler itself,, or the quality of the ice you put in. Not all store bought ice is equal in terms of temp.

I try and keep 6 bags of Costco ice in one freezer at home. That way I have 0 degree ice to start with.
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Originally Posted by Ellie's Navi Gator View Post
I have an Engel 65 and it has some years on it, but it simply won’t keep ice any more.

It’s not had extensive use and when I say it doesn’t keep ice, it’s not because it’s being opened and closed. If I put something on ice and close the cooler, I can open the cooler for the first time 24 hrs later and the ice is ~90% melted.
Are the items you are putting on ice pre-chilled? If the answer is no, you aren't going to find any cooler that will do what you want.

The only way your cooler would "go bad" is if the foam somehow deteriorated. Bang on it and see if it still feels solid. Not saying it couldn't happen but I strongly doubt that it did.
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Originally Posted by HatchieLuvr View Post
I'm not familiar with Engel (know they are great, just haven't had or been around one) but if your cooler worked fine before but now it's not then I'd think if it's not cracked or broke anywhere then about the only thing I could think of would be the rubber seal/frig seal at the top has been compromised?
this! probably the rubber gasket inside causing an air leak!
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Well I'd expect my expensive Yeti's to last forever! That's the hope anyway. As said above, not pre-chilling the cooler, putting warm items in, or using "starting to melt" store ice can all contribute. I've never had 90% melt in 24hrs unless the top was opened a lot/not latched shut or I did not put enough ice into the box. The more air space, the more melt. Check that seal
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I had an Engel 65 that didn’t seal well even with a new gasket. It might just be that cooler.
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Pretty sure Roto mold coolers don't fail unless abused. Only the gasket (and latches, etc.). I have replaced the latches on my Engel 65. That is their weak spot.
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Check lid for warp, common on Moeller, Engel, etc.
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Occasionally I have open the drain before I open the lid because the seal is so tight. I'd look further at this as your failure mode.
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Have a buddy take compressed air to the drain hole and run a lighter around the lid when latched to see where seal is failing.
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You must be a loser since you don't have friends to gift you a yeti all the cool kids have em
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They just don't make ice like they used to!
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Originally Posted by Eastport205 View Post
They just don't make ice like they used to!
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It’s global warming taking its toll
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Occasionally I have open the drain before I open the lid because the seal is so tight. I'd look further at this as your failure mode.
My cooler has a push button to break the suction seal. Without it you couldnt open the door
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I have an Engel 65 about 12 years old used exclusively under my leaning post that is as good as the day I got it, just dirty on the outside.

You should pre-chill them before filling them for use in the hotter months.
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Did a bear get in to it?
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My icey tek is 20 years old I just covered it in seadek looks good
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Typically you can put a very bright flashlight inside and see if there’s any deterioration of the insulation. You can usually see bright spots where there is no or minimal or failed insulation.

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