Freezers are important appliances in homes everywhere and it can be extremely frustrating when they are broken or malfunctioning. It can be helpful to learn how to troubleshoot problems with your freezer so that you can save the food inside it and so that you don’t have to spend money calling in a professional. Most of the repairs that we have listed below take, on average, about 20 minutes to fix.
Common Freezer Issues
The Freezer Is Too Warm
If your freezer is not getting cold enough, you will need to test it to make sure that the defrost timer, thermostat, and user control are all working properly. This is a problem that will need to be addressed immediately.
Frost Build-up In The Freezer
You will need to do a little reading about the different components within the freezer. If there is frost building up in the freezer, it is because of the door gaskets, defrost timer, or the thermostat is not working properly or broken.
The Freezer is too cold
It may seem impossible, but a freezer can get too cold. The optimal temperature for a freezer is just above 0 degrees Fahrenheit. If you find that your freezer is dropping below 0 degrees Fahrenheit, it can likely be attributed to a thermostat, user control, or temperature control malfunction.
Loud Or Unusual Noises
This is another issue that will require you to know the components of the freezer and how to inspect them. This problem can be attributed to a motor or fan blade that is causing the noise.
Freezer Continuously Running
Troubleshooting this problem starts with testing the defrost thermostat, temperature control, and the timer. It will also require that you are able to do the repair yourself.
Freezer Won’t Kick On
This is also a problem that will require you to learn how to test the components and test them in order to address this problem. If this problem occurs, you will need to test the start relay, start capacitor, and the thermostat.
Freezer Making Unusual Noises
This problem can commonly be linked to the condenser fan motor, the evaporator fan motor, or the compressor. It all depends on where the noise is coming from as to which one is going to be the source of the problem.
If the noise is louder when you open the fridge door, the noise is probably caused by the evaporator motor. You can gain access and replace this motor by removing the back cover of the appliance. This part is the easiest to replace.
If the noise is louder when you open the freezer door, the noise is likely caused by the condenser fan motor. Removing the back cover of the refrigerator will help you to pinpoint where the noise is coming from. If you find that the compressor is the problem, you will need to buy a new refrigerator.
Puddles of Water
Depending on the refrigerator model, there are different components that can cause this problem. Refrigerators can release water from melting ice (if you have an ice maker) or water supply lines (if you have a water dispenser). If the lines of this system are broken, puddles of water will result.
You will need to inspect all of the components for leaking lines, connections, and valves. You can get replacement parts and easily replace them.
It is also possible that the pan under the fridge that catches the draining water may not be sitting level and the water is dripping onto the floor. Leveling the fridge up can fix this problem.
You will need to check the drain tubes and the drain hole as well. You may need to unscrew the floor panel in order to remove ice build-up that can be causing a drain blockage. A hairdryer will do the trick for this. You can also use a small tube or pipe to unclog the drain hole.
There are a few things that can cause puddles of water. You will need to take your time to check all of the possible components that could cause this. It is a problem that can easily be fixed, as long as you take the time to find it.
Your refrigerator/freezer is going to break or malfunction at some point. If you understand how the appliance works, it makes it much easier to be able to troubleshoot the problem yourself.
If you have questions or you would feel more comfortable working with a knowledgeable and trained professional, Burt’s Appliance Repair in Gilbert, AZ is always here to help you get your fridge working again. We know how important your fridge is.