It can be rather frustrating when you have a freezer not freezing, especially because a freezer’s only function is…well, keeping food frozen! When a home appliance isn’t doing what it’s supposed to, our first tendency is to want to kick the hunk of junk to the curb. But don’t jump to conclusions too fast, because most freezer-related problems are repairable.
It should be noted that the common problems listed in this blog post only serve the purpose of easing your stress of trying to figure out what’s happening to your beloved freezer. However, we recommend you have a Home-Tech technician come take a look ASAP if you think you’re having any issues.
Table of Contents
- The Backstory of a Freezer
- Why Is My Freezer Not Freezing?
- The Seal Is Broken
- The Condenser Coils Are Dirty
- The Evaporator Fan Motor May Be Malfunctioning
- The Start Relay Isn’t Working
- Basic Maintenance Year Round
It doesn’t matter if you have a refrigerator/freezer combination or a chest-style freezer; the cooling system of an electric freezer works the same across the board. Essentially, a freezer works by compressing, condensing and evaporating a refrigerant gas to absorb any heat out of the items being frozen. This is why it’s very important for the freezer compartment to be well sealed. This makes sense because the coils continue to absorb warmth from the freezer compartment and dissipate it so that the temperature continues to drop until the compressor shuts off. Ineffective door seals cause warm air to sneak into the freezer compartment, which makes the compressor work harder and waste energy.
Why Is My Freezer Not Freezing?
Although terribly aggravating, having an issue with your freezer not freezing is rather common. There are three main reasons why you may be having this issue:
1. The Seal Is Broken
2. The Condenser Coils Are Dirty
3. The Evaporator Fan Motor May Be Malfunctioning
4. The Start Relay Isn’t Working
Basic Maintenance Year Round
Let’s say you’ve given Home-Tech a call and we solved the problem of your freezer not freezing. Now you’re wondering what steps you can take to prevent this from happening again. Here are four suggestions for basic freezer maintenance:
1. Become familiar with the owner’s manual for care instructions.
2. Clean the Interior Twice a Year
3. Vacuum or Dust the Condenser Coils Once a Year
4. Maintain the Proper Temperature
If you feel like you’ve tried all you could and there’s still something going on, contact us to request a repair or find a replacement. If you want to be on the safe side, you can get a Gold or Silver Service Agreement. This home warranty agreement will take the stress out of appliance and A/C upkeep and allow you to budget for these common problems.