Whew! Let me get as much of that info as possible... when I can.
Just as a side note: I let the freezer run overnight twice... both times it only got down to 24F. Typically, when I plug it in now, the compressor starts right away, then a few minutes later the evap fan runs. A couple minutes later the evap fan will kick off. 2 or 3 or 4 cycles of the evap fan kicking on and off and the compressor will kick off. Seems the compressor and the evaporator fan are functioning independently of each other. (By the way, the condenser fan is always running.)
Yes, I have service ports; I don't have guages, but I know someone who does; I see a sticker on the top of the condenser shroud that I think says R12, but I read in a manual online somewhere that it takes R404a (I guess I should go by what the sticker says.)
I'll have to get an amp clamp, and I will see if I can tell what size compressor it is.
Thanks for your help.