Is your freezer not freezing your ice cream? If there’s something getting in the way of you enjoying your favorite sweet treat, then here are 5 tricks you can try.

Here’s what you should do if your freezers not freezing.

  1. Move items around
  2. Check the seals
  3. Clean the condenser coils
  4. Remove any obstructions from the evaporator fan motor
  5. Remove any obstructions from the condenser fan motor

Ready to check out these 5 steps in more detail? Then take a look at the full guide below.

5 Ways to Get Your Freezer to Freeze Properly

Your ice cream is runny, your ice cubes won’t set, and your frozen peas look more like mushy peas. These are all tell-tale signs that your freezer is not doing its job. And freezer problems especially when meat is involved are a big concern.

So what can you do to get your freezer to work properly? Take a look at the 5 steps that are coming up next.

Step 1 Move Items Around

Before you start tearing the back panel off of your refrigerator and redoing the electrics, we should start with some of the simpler solutions to this problem. These fixes more often than not, save us a tonne of hard work and time.

So here is the first one, moving things around. There needs to be enough air circulating throughout your freezer for it to work properly. That means if yours is bursting at the seams, you may need to free up some space for it to work again as it should.

So how should you stack your freezer? Here are some guidelines that will help your freezer work to the best of its ability.

  • Fill the freezer with no more than 2 to 3 pounds of food per cubic square foot. Do not overstack it.
  • Allow your food to cool before putting it in the freezer
  • Dry your food before storing it
  • Play a quick game of food Tetris. Shuffle the food around in the freezer to make sure there is enough airflow between each item.
Overstuffed freezer
Don’t overfill the freezer – it may never be able to cool it all

Step 2 Check the Seals

Another simple fix you can do is to check the seals of your freezer. If your freezer is not cooling properly, it could be because the seals on your freezer door are not closing well. If they are not, they could be letting warm air into the freezer.

So how can you go about checking the seals on your freezer? Here is a simple test that you can perform.

  1. Take a sheet of paper
  2. Open the freezer door. Take one end of the piece of paper and close the freezer door over half of it.
  3. With the freezer door closed, try to move the piece of paper up and down by tugging and pulling on it. If the paper moves with ease, your door seals may be slack and need replacing.

What can you do if your freezer door seals seem to be the problem? Replace them. Fortunately, it is easy and cheap to complete this job. Simply remove the screws off the old seal and slide a new one on and screw it down.

Step 3 Clean the Condenser Coils

Cleaning dirty condenser coils on your refrigerator could also solve the problem. If the coils are dirty, they will affect the freezer’s ability to stay cool. This is because the dust and dirt will insulate the coils, making it very hard for them to do their job.

Ok, but just where are the condenser coils located? You should be able to find them in one of the following places

  • Across the bottom of the refrigerator
  • On the back of the refrigerator. On some models, you will have to remove a back panel to get to them.

Cleaning the condenser coils is very easy. Here’s everything you’ll need for the job.

You Will Need

  • Screwdriver (if your condenser coils are behind a back panel)
  • Vacuum with brush attachment
  • Condenser coil cleaning brush (optional)
  • Dusting cloth

Once you’ve collected your tools, these are the instructions you will need.

  1. Plug out the main power cord
  2. Turn off the circuit breaker to the refrigerator
  3. Shut off the water supply
  4. Remove the access panel. You can use a screwdriver for this job.
  5. Use a bristled vacuum attachment to vacuum around the condenser coils. Make sure you remove all the dust from around them. Are you condenser coils under your refrigerator? Then you may find it more effective to use a special condenser coil cleaning brush.
  6. Use a cloth to remove the dust from the harder-to-reach areas. This includes any other dusty elements behind the fridge.
  7. Reattach the back panel
  8. Plug in the main power cord
  9. Turn the water supply on
  10. Turn on the circuit breaker to the refrigerator

Step 4 Remove Any Obstructions From the Evaporator Fan Motor

The evaporator fan motor is another part of your freezer that controls cooling. The motor draws air over the evaporator coils to remove the heat from the air. So if your freezer is too warm, this element could be to blame.

There are a couple of reasons why your evaporator fan motor might not be working properly.

  • The fan is partially blocked. You may be able to free this manually.
  • The motor bearings in the fan have worn out. You will need a technician to replace the motor.

So first things first, let’s cover what you can do to clear your evaporator fan motor of any obstructions. Here’s a list of everything you will need for the job.

You Will Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Torch
  1. Plug out the main power cord
  2. Turn off the circuit breaker to the refrigerator
  3. Shut off the water supply
  4. Remove the freezer shelves
  5. Use a screwdriver to remove the back panel of the freezer. You will now be able to see the evaporator fan motor.
  6. Check that there isn’t anything blocking the evaporator fan motor blades
  7. Use a torch to inspect the blades. Try moving the blades around with your fingers. They should move freely.
  8. After you have removed obstruction from the blades, screw the panel back into place
  9. Put the shelves back in the freezer
  10. Plug in the main power cord
  11. Turn the water supply on
  12. Turn on the circuit breaker to the refrigerator and test your freezer. If after 48 hours your freezer is still not cool enough, there might be a problem with bearings in the fan.
Inside of a freezer
Remove the shelves to access the back panel

Step 5 Remove Any Obstructions From the Condenser Fan Motor

If your condenser fan motor is not working properly, this could affect your freezer’s cooling system. This is because the motor is essential for cooling the condenser coils and compressor.

As with the evaporator fan, there are a couple of reasons why your condenser fan motor might not be working.

  • The fan is partially blocked. You may be able to free this manually.
  • The motor bearings in the fan have worn out. You will need a technician to replace the motor.

Here’s what you’ll need for the job.

You Will Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Torch
  1. Plug out the main power cord
  2. Turn off the circuit breaker to the refrigerator
  3. Shut off the water supply
  4. Take the access panel off of the back of the refrigerator
  5. Check that there isn’t anything obstructing the evaporator fan motor blades. Use a torch to inspect the blades
  6. Try moving the blades around with your fingers. They should move freely.
  7. After you have removed obstruction from the blades, put the access panel back on.
  8. Plug in the main power cord
  9. Turn the water supply on
  10. Turn on the circuit breaker to the refrigerator. If after 48 hours your freezer is still not cool enough, there might be a problem with bearings in the fan
Checking-freezer-motor
Remove the back panel to access the evaporator fan motor

Conclusion

If your freezer is not freezing your ice cream, you know you’ve got a problem on your hands. And any problem that messes with everyone’s favorite frozen snack is serious. That’s why this article has included 5 steps for you to follow to get your unit back in working order.

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Have a great day!

-Craig