From freezer burn to melted ice cream, when your freezer’s on the fritz there’s a lot more at stake than spoiled food. A faulty freezer can lead to dangerous water puddles and—in extreme situations—risk for electric shock. It might seem like your fridge and freezer are a set pair, but in many cases they’re actually two completely separate functioning units. When your freezer isn’t performing correctly, there’s a lot to lose (including those cuts of prime steak you were saving for that special dinner).
Most homeowners in Provo, UT keep their costliest items in the freezer. The fridge? Forget about it—those eggs and squares of butter are going to be fine kept on the counter. However, your meats, ice cream and “keep frozen” items, from waffles to veggies, have a pretty short shelf life when kept at the wrong temperature. Even worse, it seems like freezers can break without any warning.
Never try to repair a freezer yourself, but it’s a good idea to know what some of the most common problems are. If there seems to be no power, check the outlet to ensure that’s not the culprit. A fuse or circuit breaker might also be to blame. If your freezer has interior lighting, is it working and can you hear a fan turning? Can you tell if the compressor is kicking in? These are all common bugs in the system that are usually a quick, easy fix.
Surprisingly, it might also be that the thermostat got nudged to a higher setting. Ensure that settings are correctly set. If all systems seem fine, a technician may need to check the defrost timer. Oftentimes, the cold control needs to be replaced, and if a wiring break is present, that can cause a freezer to literally “freeze up.” Wire testing might sound easy, but it can be dangerous and it’s also a long process to locate the problem.
Advanced Freezer Issues
A reputable technician will test the easiest, most common problem sites first before moving on to check the compressor motor. There are many parts of the motor that might be acting up, from the evaporator coils to the condenser. Sometimes a replacement or repair is in order, but other times a simple defrost can work miracles.
When you’re having trouble keeping your cool, depend on local pros for a job well done. At Peter’s Appliances, we specialize in frosty temperatures. Like you, we appreciate a choice rib eye and—which is why we’re in the business of chilling out.