Common Freezer Repairs

March 24th, 2015

Freezers are an important part of homeowner’s food preservation efforts. They can keep food edible long after it would have otherwise spoiled, as well as make ice readily available at all times.

As important as freezers are, it’s a good idea to have a rudimentary understanding of how they work. It’s also wise to be able to recognize any problems they may encounter.

Let’s take a look at some common freezer repairs, and what causes them.

Faulty Thermostat

Just like with an HVAC system, your freezer’s thermostat is responsible for controlling the actual temperature in the space it monitors. Without the thermostat to direct it, the freezer would not be able to activate when needed. If your freezer seems to have stopped cooling, it may be a sign that you have a faulty thermostat. The only way to confirm this is to have a professional examine it, so call one as soon as you notice something wrong with your freezer.

Dirty Coils

The coils that power your freezer are responsible for removing heat from the space by evaporating and condensing refrigerant. If the coils become too dirty, they begin to malfunction and freeze up. If the coils freeze over, it can lead to a frost buildup in your freezer. Most freezers are equipped with a defrost cycle for problems like these, but it is possible for that cycle to malfunction. If your freezer seems to be accumulating frost and ice on the walls, call a professional to examine your coils.

Malfunctioning Compressor

The compressor is responsible for regulating the flow of refrigerant through the coils in your freezer. It is what maintains proper pressure throughout the system, keeping everything running smoothly. If your compressor begins to malfunction, it can cause irregularities in the system pressure. This can lead to temperature fluctuations in the freezer, which can cause food to spoil. If your freezer seems to be warming up, it may be a problem with the compressor.

If your freezer is malfunctioning, call Roadrunner Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration. We provide freezers throughout Rio Rancho.