Avoiding Problems With Your Freezer

Common Freezer Issues

By recognizing some of these issues early, you can prevent further damage from occurring. You can also easily diagnose the issues with your freezer, making it possible to fix it yourself. Here are some of the most common problems:

Frost Keeps Building Up

This is typically caused by issues with the defrost cycle, but there are multiple different reasons why this may be happening. To minimize frost:

Freezer Is Too Cold

This may sound weird. How can a freezer be too cold? Believe it or not, once your freezer dips below a certain temperature threshold, your food is at risk of going bad rather quickly. This is typically caused by a defective defrost heater, the device that melts frost buildup on evaporator coils.

Freezer Is Too Warm

The obvious purpose of your freezer is to freeze things, so the last thing you want is for your freezer to be too warm. This is often a sign the thermostat is broken. If broken, your thermostat won’t be able to accurately read the temperature and tell the appliance how cold it is inside the freezer.

Freezer Burn

This is likely caused by an issue in the way your food was stored. If the food is dehydrated, the water molecules evaporate into the freezer and get replaced with oxygen molecules. To avoid this, ensure the storage bags you’re using were designed for the freezer.


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