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Ultimate Freezer Repair Guide

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Ultimate Freezer Repair Guide

When your freezer goes bad, so does all the food you have spent your hard earned money to purchase. Many people stock up on meats and perishables and store them in their freezers. So if your freezer breaks, that’s money down the drain.


Modern freezers replaced ice boxes as a means of keeping cold things cold. It’s a lot easier and more convenient to rely on electricity and a few chemicals than a big hunk of ice to make sure your ice cream stays solid.


You may not know exactly how they work, but chances are, you are pretty reliant on your freezer. This guide will help get you up to speed on what to do and what may be wrong when your freezer goes on the fritz.

  1. Many people stock up on meats and perishables and store them in their freezers. So if your freezer breaks, that’s money down the drain.

    1.How they work

    Your freezer works like a smaller, condensed air conditioner. But, instead of cooling a whole room, you are cooling the small space where your frozen steaks live. To work, both machines need a compressor, a condenser and an evaporator. These three pieces of equipment help remove the heat from the air in the freezer. Refrigerant, a chemical that can easily convert from a gas to a liquid and back again, runs through these three components over and over again.

  2. 2.If your freezer stops freezing

    There are a few things to check if you find that your freezer has stopped working. First, look at the thermostat to make sure it’s set to the right temperature. Then, check to make sure it’s plugged in. If it is plugged in, make sure that your electrical outlet and power are working. Next make sure the fans, compressor, condenser and evaporator are all working. Listen to your compressor; if it’s working properly it should make a slight humming noise. Try to check out your evaporator coils and make sure that they are clean and debris free. If you’ve done all this and everything seems to be ok, call your freezer’s manufacturer. They may be able to give you tips on how to fix it, or they may want to send a representative to take a look.

  3. 3.How much should your freezer hold?

    A full freezer is better at keeping all the cool air inside. It takes more energy to cool an empty freezer, so although an empty one may be easier to manage, it may actually cost you mone. I suggest placing a few large bottles of water inside your freezer if you don’t have a lot to put inside to make your freezer more energy efficient.

  5. 4.Defrosting your freezer

    Many freezers these days are self-defrosting. This means that when a certain level of frost accumulates inside your freezer, a mechanism is triggered that melts the excess frost. The water is then allowed to drip into a trough and away from the freezer and allowed to evaporate. Even though you don’t have to worry about defrosting, you should still clean and de-clutter your freezer regularly. This will help you better use your freezer and cut down on dirt and germs.


    Your freezer is an integral part of your home. According to the website,, the average freezer can last about 15 years. However, they must be properly maintained. Take heed of these tips, read your freezer’s manufacturers manual, and you should be enjoying ice-cold ice cream for a long time.

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