3 Ways to tell you need a new Fridge Freezer

3 Ways to tell you need a new Fridge Freezer

A fridge freezer is one of the most commonly used items in the household, so it is essential that it is working correctly. We rely on this appliance to keep our food fresh for longer and when it’s not working it can result in extra cash being spent on last minute takeaways and urgent trips to the shops!

Here we share some signs you can check for which indicate that you have a

broken fridge freezer, and what to do about it.

1.      There’s ice building up on the walls

This is a common problem which could be easily remedied. First of all, check your fridge freezer temperature. The ideal freezer temperature should be set at 0° Fahrenheit /                     -18°Celsius while the fridge should be between 37° Fahrenheit/ 3° Celsius and 40° Fahrenheit / 5° Celsius.

Test the fridge freezer temperature

If it is set to the right temperature but there is still a build-up of ice, there might be something wrong with the thermostat. To test this, you could try placing a thermometer in a glass of water and leaving it in the fridge overnight (when the door isn’t being opened) for at least eight hours.

With the freezer, you could place the thermometer between bags of frozen vegetables, using the same testing conditions. Keep in mind that if you adjust the thermostat, it may take up to 24 hours to notice the change in temperature.

If the temperature on the thermometer doesn’t match, then it indicates a broken thermostat, which will need to be replaced.

Faulty door seal

If the temperature seems to be ok, you could have a faulty door seal.  Splits and cracks in it will be obvious to spot but it could be that there is a slight gap which is letting in warm air and this would add significant costs to your energy bill.

To check this, with the door closed, inspect the whole perimeter of the seal looking for gaps. You could take a thin piece of paper and place it between the rubber door seal and the metal face of the cabinet, then shut the door. Holding the paper firmly, pull it out and you should be able to feel the tension. If at any point, the paper comes away freely, this will indicate where you have a gap.

It is possible to cheaply repair a damaged door seal or replace it altogether.

Faulty door alignment

But it’s not only the door seal that could become faulty. Over time, as the doors are regularly opened and closed, the hinges can come out of alignment or bend, which in turn causes misalignment of the doors. This creates a gap for cool air to escape out of your fridge or freezer and could lead to your food not being cooled properly.

2.      My food goes off before the use-by date

There’s nothing more annoying than looking forward to that ready-made lasagne and discovering that it’s already gone off before it’s meant to! There could be a number of reasons for this, including a broken thermostat or dirty condenser coils. Cleaning these coils could solve this problem but could also be a cheap and easy way to improve energy efficiency.

How to clean condenser coils

  1. Turn off the fridge freezer carefully at the mains.
  2. Find the condenser coils – they will behind a covering, either at the bottom front or back of your appliance. Very modern fridges may have internal coils.
  3. Snap the protective grate covering the coils, out of place.
  4. Place a dust mask on, take a stiff brush and remove dust from the coils. If this is tricky, try using a vacuum cleaner.
  5. Finally, replace the protective grate and turn on the fridge.

If the problem persists, it could be a fault with your thermostat which may need replacing.

3.      The light comes on but it’s not cold inside

You open the door and the light comes on but there’s no sign of any cold air blowing. Is your fridge freezer actually doing its job? Probably not. And here’s why.

If you can also hear a clicking noise coming from the back of the fridge freezer, it could be that your compressor (which allows your fridge to cool) is overheating and that’s the clicking sound you can hear. But there’s also a little part called the capacitor which could be broken and its job is to start the compressor.

There are a couple of things you could try to remedy this, as the last thing you want is for a load of food to go to waste.

Firstly, turn the thermostat to the coldest setting to kickstart the compressor. If this doesn’t work, you will need to try thoroughly defrosting the fridge and leaving the appliance off for 24 hours. When you turn it back on, you need to listen out for that familiar humming noise. If that fails to start, you will need to book an appliance repair specialist.

These are just three of the ways your fridge freezer can appear broken and ways to check if this is the case. However, if you have any more concerns about possible fridge freezer repairs, you should contact a specialist who will be able to assist you further.

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