Freezer not freezing. If your freezer isn’t keeping up with below zero degrees, then it might be time for a repair. The freezer is one of those appliances we all rely on in our day-to-day lives and often forget until we need it the most.
But when your fridge thermostat isn’t working or any part of your freezer stops working, you could start seeing things in there like frost and ice in weird places.
This happens because when something goes wrong with your appliance’s cooling system, it’s not able to cool down below 0 degrees Fahrenheit (which is the usual freezing point for water).
Why Freezer not freezing
If the freezer in your refrigerator seems to be not sufficiently cold, it’s likely that the refrigerator’s condenser coils are coated with dust and grime. This reduces the overall efficiency of the unit and thus increases the amount of time food takes to freeze or cool down. The evaporator fan motor may have broken down too because it helps move air throughout the unit and is a critical component of proper operation.
These are some of the most common freezer issues that could be preventing it from freezing properly.
Power Source problem
Ensure that the power cord is plugged into a 3-prong outlet that’s using 115-Volt, 60-Hz., AC-only 15 or 20 amp fused, grounded electrical supply.
It’s recommended your refrigerator/freezer is connected to a separate circuit serving only your refrigerator/freezer, not an outlet that can be turned off by a switch.
Make sure it works by plugging in a lamp or other small appliance before using it. Taking care of your fridge is important because you want it to last as long as possible.
The door LID does not seal Properly
It’s important to check if your freezer door closes tightly in order to have a properly operating freezer. In fact, this is key when it comes to temperature regulation and preventing frost build-up for example.
There are many ways to do this but one of the most effective involves placing a dollar bill or a piece of paper between the seal and door, then pulling it out slowly.
If it can be easily removed with little resistance, there’s not enough tension and it’s not properly sealed which might cause problems for your frozen food and could increase energy consumption since the fresh food will take longer to cool properly.
The solution would be to adjust the hinges on the side of the door so that the seal stays tight while at the same time allowing you easy access when you open or close it.
The freezer is not level
If your freezer isn’t level, the lid or door might not seal properly.
One side of the freezer could drop while the other rises.
Thermostat with temperature control
The temperature control thermostat sends voltage to the compressor, evaporator fan motor, and condenser fan motor. If the thermostat is not working properly, it won’t be able to power all of these moving parts.
This is how it affects the freezer. To determine if the thermostat needs replacement, rotate it from its lowest setting to its highest setting and listen for a click.
If you hear a click, the thermostat likely does not need replacement because there is continuity through both extremes of rotation. If there isn’t any continuity when rotating between these settings though, then likely this part will have to be replaced.
The compressor is a pump that helps cool your refrigerator by moving refrigerant throughout the system via the condenser and evaporator coils.
If you notice that your refrigerator isn’t making ice but it’s staying cold, there is likely a problem with the water pump.
To test this, use a multimeter to test the continuity between the electrical pins on one side of the water pump.
If there is an open circuit on this test, then it’s best to replace the compressor as well as the water pump because replacing just one component might not fix the issue.
User control and display board issue
When it comes to electronics, user control, and display boards often short out. Fortunately, it’s not typically the case with this kind of defect since there are many parts in a printer that can cause a problem until you rule them all out.
One highly recommended approach when you’re troubleshooting an issue is to take out each part from the printer one by one and try testing it before installing it back in your machine.
If that particular part was faulty then chances are you’ve got another piece that needs to be replaced as well. So check for any other issues with commonly defective parts in your electronic device!
Defective Evaporator fan motor
In a refrigerator, the evaporator fan motor draws air over the coils and cools the coils to distribute cold air through the rest of the refrigerator.
If you notice incredibly hot or cold spots in your kitchen, open or close a door allowing more or less airflow respectively.
If this doesn’t fix it, check out your fridge’s use of a magnetic switch to activate a fan when a door is opened, and a thermal capacitor to quit working once a certain temperature has been reached.
Faulty Start Relay
When the start switch is turned to the ON position, power will flow from the start relay to the compressor. If there is a problem with the start relay, this could cause intermittent or no power to the compressor.
If the compressor starts and stops cycling frequently or won’t cycle on at all, then a problem with the start relay is likely. Remove it from its mounting bracket and disconnect it from the compressor.
Test it with a multimeter for continuity between its run and start terminals. A faulty relay will prevent power from flowing through its contacts when activated by the compressor’s thermal overload protector switch which is housed within as well as between its terminals.
Freezer not freezing (Repair Guide)