Why Is My Freezer Too Cold?

October 15, 2019 Published by Leave your thoughts

It’s hard to imagine that a freezer could be too cold in St. Peters, MO. After all, the whole point of having a freezer is to freeze things! While you don’t want your freezer to not keep foods frozen, a freezer that is too cold can actually damage food, cause freezer burn and even damage itself. If your freezer is too cold, there are a few things that may be happening.

The settings/temperature need to be adjusted

One way to tell if your freezer is too cold is to watch for ice buildup inside the freezer, or food that is freezer burned. However, a more accurate way to check if your freezer is too cold is to use a freezer thermometer. These can easily be bought at most stores, if your freezer doesn’t already have one built in. Ideally, your freezer should be at 0°F, but food is typically okay down to -10°F to -20°F. If your freezer is set in the negatives, try turning it up to 0. Sometimes simply adjusting the settings can solve your problem.

The air damper is defective

The air damper is the part of your fridge/freezer that controls how much cold air from the freezer is moved into the fridge. If the air damper is defective, the unit may not be moving cold air into the fridge correctly. One obvious sign of this is if your freezer seems too cold and your fridge seems too warm. If this is the case, there are a few things you can do. First, unplug the fridge and remove the damper cover. Check to see if anything is blocking the damper. If it looks clear, your next step should be to check that the temperature control sensor/thermometer is attached to the damper. If it’s not, you will likely need to call in a professional to fix the problem.

The temperature sensor/thermometer is malfunctioning

The temperature sensor/thermometer monitors the temperature of the freezer and fridge and adjusts the fans, damper and compressor accordingly. If the temperature sensor is malfunctioning, it can’t tell what adjustments need to be made for your fridge and freezer to maintain the right temperature. In some instances, the sensor may only need to be reset. To do this, you will need to locate the sensor, which is typically in the air inlet and enclosed in plastic. Then, consult your owner’s manual for the fault code to reset the sensor. If this does not work, the sensor will likely need to be replaced by a professional.

If you’re having trouble with a freezer that is too cold in St. Peters, MO, the fix may be as simple as a few minor setting adjustments. However, if you’re faced with a bigger problem, be sure to call the experts at Crews Appliance Repair. We specialize in appliance repairs and have parts for the most trusted appliance brands. For quick, quality service that you can trust, call Crews Appliance Repair today to schedule a repair or learn more about our services!

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