The knee jerk reaction that most of us experience when we discover that the freezer doesn’t seem to be working is that someone either forgot to shut the door properly or that it has somehow gotten unplugged. If you’ve ruled out both of these two explanations you need to shut the freezer door before any additional cold air escapes and give some serious thought to what you know about freezer repair.
Check with your family and make sure that the door wasn’t left open. This happens a great deal in households that have small children. Even if they thought they shut the door, the magnetic stripping doesn’t always catch properly. You’ll also want to make sure that the freezer is plugged in, and that you haven’t blown the circuit.
If you can hear the freezer humming while the door is closed, you can eliminate compression problems. It’s likely that you’ve overstuffed your freezer, and the cold air can’t circulate. You’ll find this a very easy freezer repair; you just need to rearrange things so that the air can reach all corners of the freezer. It will be the easiest freezer repair ever.
People think that because they’ve gotten an auto defrost freezer, they no longer have to worry about frost build up. While it’s easy to understand how you can think that way, you should know that the auto defrost feature isn’t perfect. Instead of assuming it’s keeping your freezer free of frost, you need to do a visual check. If you see a thick snowy build up, you’ll need to start manually defrosting the unit.
When you live in the north, you know that the best time to manually defrost your freezer will be during the winter months when you can set your food outside and not have to worry about it thawing. Once you’ve done this, you simply unplug the unit and leave the door open while the frost melts. While you wait for the freezer to defrost, you should pull the unit away from the wall and vacuum the coils. This will help improve the air flow once you’ve finished the manual defrost.
After the frost has melted, you need to wipe out the inside of the freezer. Most people take this opportunity to really scrub the interior of the freezer with a mild detergent. You should also take this opportunity to clean the seals and make sure they attach firmly when the freezer door has been closed. If the seals don’t attach the way they should and you can feel air escaping, you should have a refrigeration repair professional come out and replace them.