If your refrigerator freezer is not defrosting, or your refrigerator is not cooling, it could be due to a bad defrost thermostat.
The defrost thermostat detects the temperature of the evaporator coils inside the freezer portion of a refrigerator. Cold air from inside the freezer is then pushed into the refrigerator. When the temperature of the evaporator coils drops, the defrost thermostat turns on and allows power to flow to the defrost heater. The defrost heater then melts the frost and ice off of the evaporator coils, allowing the proper temperatures to be maintained in your freezer and refrigerator.
If the defrost thermostat stops working, then the defrost heater never turns on and melts the frost on the evaporator coils. This can cause the coils inside the freezer to ice up and stop producing cold air.
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If ice is building up in your refrigerator freezer, it could be a bad defrost thermostat, defrost timer or even the gasket (seal) around your freezer door. You can test the Continue reading
An upright or chest freezer that is colder than normal or causing freezer burn might be due to a faulty part, improper temperature settings, but also could be caused by improper food packaging.
Freezer burn happens when moisture is lost from the food item, leaving discolored patches and dry areas on your food. Freezer burned food is still safe to eat, but it affects the taste and texture of foods, so most people toss out freezer burned items.
If you are planning to keep food for long-term storage in your upright freezer, make sure it’s packaged properly. Here are some suggestions from TheKitchn.com.
- Wrap large items like portions of meat and loaves of breadin a double layer of plastic wrap, wax paper, or aluminum foil, then store in a container or plastic freezer bag.
- Store smaller items like zucchini slicesor liquids in portion-sized containers or plastic bags so the food fills the container entirely with minimal leftover space.
RealSimple.com suggests using “freezer-safe wraps and bags, making sure to squeeze out as much excess air as possible.”
If you suspect that it is your upright or chest freezer that is the source of your freezer burn, the first thing to check is the temperature controls. If your temperature reading is above freezing, try adjusting the controls. You might want to Continue reading
Every year, people nationwide fight frost buildup in their freezers. Often times this can be a simple fix, by simply replacing a defrost timer, or other parts. We always suggest getting an experts opinion before trying to fix your appliance yourself.
Our defrost timer is compatible with many brands and models.
This defrost timer senses the amount of frost buildup on the evaporator using thermistors. When the control senses that there is too much buildup on the evaporator, restricting airflow, power will be sent to the defrost timer to melt away the frost, fixing the problem.