Top Freezer Problems
Your refrigerator is important for keeping your food cool and safe to eat. On the other hand, your freezer is designed to preserve food for even longer by maintaining below freezing temperatures. From vegetables and meat to cooked meals, your freezer can help you preserve the nutritional value of your food while also making sure it’s safe to eat. Just like any other appliance, however, your freezer might need repairs at some point. If you notice any of the following common freezer problems, it’s important to call a professional right away. Fast freezer repairs are essential for preserving your food. Remember, once food has defrosted, it’s not safe to refreeze and it will need to be consumed.
Freezer not Working at All
If your freezer is not getting any power, you should check the main power supply first. If your other appliances and lights are working fine, then check the power outlet. Use a small appliance to test the outlet (like a hairdryer). If it works, then you should check the temperature setting on your freezer. If none of these are the cause, it’s time to call the professionals and, don’t forget, you must keep the doors on your freezer shut in order to maintain the temperature for as long as possible to prevent thawing.
Food not Freezing
The first thing to check is the temperature setting. You might need to set your freezer to a colder temperature. If this is not the case, it could be connected to the defrost cycle. This cycle can be manually advanced but you might want to have a professional take a look rather than risk any damage. Other possible causes include a faulty cold control, bad wiring, or even problems with the compressor. If your freezer is running but not getting cold, there could be a problem with the evaporator or condenser coils. A click-buzz-click noise indicates that the compressor is receiving power but there is a problem with the starting components. Newer models may not make any sound at all which is why professional freezer repairs are always the safest bet.
Excessive Built up Frost Inside the Freezer
If your freezer has a self-defrost system, then a build-up of frost can indicate a problem with this system. There could also be damaged door gaskets which mean that the freezer is not closing properly. There are several components within the defrosting system that will need to be inspected. Some are easy to access by just looking but others require an expert eye.
Freezer Running Constantly
If your freezer runs non-stop or for extended periods of time, it could be the result of a faulty thermostat. If the thermostat does not measure temperature accurately, it can cause the freezer to run when it shouldn’t. Another common cause is setting your temperature too cold. Your freezer does not need to be set to the coldest possible setting. In fact, it’s best to set it just cold enough to freeze and keep your food frozen. Anything colder can be considered excessive and will cause additional wear and tear. Not to mention the higher electrical bill. If you have a new freezer, remember that it will take time for it to reach the set temperature. Which means that the motor will run for an extended period of time when it runs for the first time. It’s also important to make sure that your freezer is not empty or overflowing with food. An empty freezer will result in more frequent cycles. Overloading your freezer also puts extra strain on the motor because air cannot flow freely.
Frozen Meats Appear Burned
Freezer burn occurs when your frozen food becomes extremely dehydrated. When food is left in the freezer for an extended period of time, the freezer slowly removes moisture from the food and this results in freezer burn. It’s also common for this to occur if you have not wrapped your food properly. For example, if you use a simple plastic bag, you won’t be able to store food in your freezer as long as if you were to vacuum seal it. Food with freezer burn is still safe to eat but it will definitely have an unpleasant taste. The best thing to do is to buy food more often rather than freezing food for months. In addition, make sure that you use durable, sealed bags to maintain moisture and freshness. Many chefs even recommend washing certain foods just before freezing. The water around the food will freeze and help create an extra layer of protection.
Remember, your freezer is made up of several components. When repairs are necessary, it’s important to take action right away or you could end up having to restock your entire freezer and throw out a lot of food too. At Max Appliance Repair, we offer speedy same day repairs throughout the Greater Toronto Area. Call us at (647) 477-0946.