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Troubleshooting Common Freezer Problems

Troubleshooting Common Freezer Problems

In some cases, you may find that the freezer unit in your house is no longer working properly. Fortunately, there are basic steps that you can do to troubleshoot the problem. First of all, you should listen to the noise of fan, motor and others that come from the freezer unit. If you can still hear the normal noise, then it means that the freezer unit is still working properly. If there’s no noise, then you should assume the simplest problem, which is that the freezer unit isn’t yet plugged to the wall socket. If you are sure that the freezer is already plugged, it can be somewhat tricky to pinpoint the actual problem. So, you will need to contact the service man to check the condition of the freezer unit. However, there are a few things that you need to check before you call the technician. As an example, if ice seems to accumulate easily in the freezer unit, it is possible that there’s a problem with the self-defrosting feature. The easiest way to solve the ice accumulation problem is by removing all food items from the freezer unit.

Unplug the freezer and leave its door open until ice melts completely. In this situation, you should watch the drip pan closely and keep a bucket and some towels around, just in case. You need to defrost the freezer manually to completely remove the ice. This should also be a good opportunity to clean the interior of the freezer completely. On the other hand, it is quite possible that the freezer is noisy and you need to locate the source of the noise. The sound may come from the fan, which is used to circulate very cold air inside the freezer compartment.

The freezer unit should work perfectly well when the door is fully closed. If you want to make sure that the fan is the one that’s causing the problem, then you may need to keep the freezer door open and press its door switch. The evaporator could be the culprit when the noise seems to get louder when the door is kept open. Unfortunately, when the evaporator fan is broken, you often need to replace it, because it can’t be repaired. If the noise seems to come out of the rear part of the freezer, then you may need to check the compressor. The compressor of the freezer is usually a heavy component with some wires and tubes attached.

However, you can try minor fixes, such as removing lint from the fan of the compressor and in some cases, the compressor is no longer noisy after you clean the blades.  Another problem with the freezer is if it’s cold enough, but the thermostat doesn’t cycle off. In this situation, it is possible that the thermostat is malfunctioning. Again, you can’t repair the thermostat and you need to replace it with a new one. By following the above steps, you should be able to solve most problems associated with the freezer.

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