If you own a freezer and it’s not reaching temperatures below 36 degrees, it can cause food to spoil and may lead to leaks and other messes due to items melting and thawing due to the lack of freezing temperature. Here are some of the common causes to consider when you’re inspecting your freezer.
Is Your Evaporator Fan Running?
A malfunctioning evaporator fan is a significant factor in temperatures rising in the freezer. If you don’t hear the evaporator fan doesn’t kick in when you open the freezer door, you should replace it immediately as your fridge will not freeze properly, if not at all without it running.
Clean and Defrost the Condenser Coils
Another prevalent cause of a freezer not running at the proper temperature is if the condenser coils at the back of your freezer are covered in dust or frost. The condenser coils are part of the freezer’s air-conditioning system and are responsible for taking all the heat and moisture from the indoor air and releases it outside, thus cooling the system, so it’s imperative that the condenser coils are working at all times. To check if they’re in need of cleaning/defrosting, turn the power off on the device and unplug it from the wall to be safe. After that, you will have to remove the cover to get to the coils if that’s applicable to your system. Usually, the condenser coils are located at the back of the freezer. Once you have access to the condenser coils, check if there’s a build-up of dirt or frost. If they are dirty, best cleaning practices are to clean using a vacuum and damp cloth for dust and in the case of frost, you’ll have to leave your freezer unplugged until the coils defrost. Once you’re done, plug in your device to see if the issue has been resolved.
Inspect the Temperature Control Thermostat
Another troubleshooting method you can try if your freezer is still not running up to the proper temperature is to inspect the temperature control thermostat. The temperature control thermostat is to keep track of the temperature in the freezer and reports the data that it collects to the main board, which reflects how power is distributed to the main components of the freezer, which makes the freezer operate functionally. Think of it as the brain of the freezer! How you’d inspect that is to find the thermostat on your freezer, the location of the thermostat will vary depending on the model. After that, it’s good to fluctuate the temperature of the thermostat and test different settings. Try the highest setting possible first, you should hear a clicking noise, which means all is working correctly. If you don’t hear a clicking sound, it’s important to test the thermostat with a multimeter or contact us for your freezer repair needs.
Overfilling Your Freezer
This is usually a fix that gets overlooked but double-check the contents of your freezer. If your freezer is overflowing with contents, the unit could have a hard time distributing the cold air efficiently. Ensure that the contents are well spread out and not packed in too tight or overflowing.
Contact A Repairman
If all else fails and you feel like you’re at the end of your rope, worry not, you’re not completely out of options. The problem could be an issue that is completely out of your hands and could use a professional to come in and give their expert opinion.
When your freezer lets you down, you do not necessarily need to buy a new
one. Professional freezer repairs by Max Appliance Repair will extend the life of the appliance and save you money. Call us at (647) 477-0946 for speedy assistance throughout Toronto.
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