Taking your favourite food out of the fridge and discovering it’s frozen is a frustrating experience. Unfortunately, the time spent on thawing it out isn’t the only issue – your food may become watery and lose flavour. Furthermore, a fridge that is working inefficiently results in higher costs. Even though the situation is annoying, in most cases it is easy to solve and even easier to prevent.
If you have a problem with your fridge freezing food, we are here to help. Read on to find out what causes the issue, how to fix the fridge yourself, and when to call a skilled technician.
Why Is My Fridge Freezing Food?
The first most common cause of a fridge freezing food is the wrong temperature settings. The recommended temperature for a fridge is 1-4°C. If your fridge temperature is set below 1°C, food will freeze.
The second reason is incorrect food storage. The air vents of your fridge ensure proper air circulation to keep the temperature consistent. If something is blocking the vents, air stops circulating and some areas of your fridge may become colder than others. If you notice that food only gets frozen on one of the shelves, most likely you’ll have to rearrange your food.
Leaks may cause your fridge to freeze food, too. If the seal around your fridge door starts to deteriorate and your fridge is leaking as a result, it may have to work harder to maintain the temperature. Opening the fridge too frequently may have the same result.
The temperature of your fridge may also change depending on how much food is in it. An empty fridge is normally slightly colder than a full one due to lower cold air absorption. If you fill your fridge to full capacity and the issue arises after you have emptied it, this may be the reason.
How to Identify the Cause?
Before you call a technician or try to fix the fridge yourself, you may want to identify the cause of the issue. Firstly, check the temperature settings of your appliance. Most modern fridges have a thermostat inside. If you don’t, consider purchasing one to make sure your food is stored properly at all times.
Secondly, identify the problem areas. Does food get frozen anywhere in the fridge, or only in certain places? Most often, the temperature on the top and bottom shelves is slightly lower.
Then, check for blocked vents. Cooling vents are often located on the sides of the top shelf, the bottom shelf, or on the back wall.
If the temperature settings are in order and the cooling vents aren’t blocked, check your fridge door for cracks and tears. If the seal is damaged, the cold air will leak, and the vents will work harder to maintain the required temperature. The seal around the door must be closely aligned, without gaps. Otherwise, the thermostat sensor will detect heat from the outside and switch on a compressor to adjust the temperature.
Finally, check whether the defrost heater works properly. This mechanism ensures that ice doesn’t build up on the fridge evaporator coils. Remove the panel that covers the evaporator coils and check for ice. If you have an old appliance, check the condenser coils behind your fridge – if they are dirty, it may affect the temperature inside.
How Do I Fix the Issue Myself?
The most common causes of a fridge freezing food can be solved without professional help. Make sure to follow the rules below and incorporate defrosting and the cleaning of the condenser coils into your seasonal routine to prevent the issue from arising again.
The easiest issue to fix is the wrong thermostat settings. Check your fridge user manual to adjust accordingly. If the issue lies in blocked air vents, rearrange your food. You may have to store the most cold-sensitive foods on the middle shelves instead of the top or bottom sections.
Your fridge may require regular defrosting. The ice builds up from condensate due to warm air entering the fridge. The ice may prevent the door from closing properly and clog the coils. The vents work harder to maintain the temperature and even more ice builds up as a result. To defrost a fridge, you will have to turn it off for a short period. This requires planning – don’t buy food that won’t survive a couple of hours at room temperature. Wait for your fridge to warm up and remove excessive ice. Clear all water and switch the appliance on.
If the condenser coils of your fridge are dirty, the fridge will lose efficiency and the temperature may drop due to overcompensation. To remove the dirt, disconnect your appliance from the power supply and turn it around to reach the coils. Vacuum or brush the dust that has accumulated on the coils. Some dirt may require additional cleaning with a cloth. When the condenser coils are clean, return the fridge to its original position and switch it on.
When Should I Call a Professional?
Not all issues can be solved on your own. Often, the reason for your fridge freezing food may not be obvious. If you have detected an issue with any of the fridge components or none of the above-mentioned methods help and you can’t figure out why, call a professional. If the fridge door seal is damaged, your appliance requires a replacement. Otherwise, you will continue to face constant leaks and excessively low temperatures as the thermostat sensor will be trying to keep the fridge cold.
Alternatively, the issue may lie with the thermostat sensor, defrost heater, or defrost drain not working properly. A professional will examine the components and identify whether they can be repaired or require a replacement. If even one of the fridge components is out of order, the overall system efficiency drops and other components may be overcompensating, resulting in a higher energy consumption and lower temperatures.
A regular fridge defrosting and condenser coil cleaning can be performed by a professional, too. You can book regular fridge check-ups to avoid issues before they arise.
Choose Ideal Fix
If you live in Vaughan or the surrounding area, call Ideal Fix to check and repair your fridge and other kitchen appliances at any time of the day. Our experts will detect the issue and save your food from freezing quickly – and all for a reasonable price. No need to wait until Monday if your fridge broke down on a Saturday morning – we work seven days a week. Book a service call with Ideal Fix today and solve the issue right away.