Frigidaire Freezer Troubleshooting

July 21, 2023
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Figuring Out What is Wrong with Your Frigidaire Freezer

Dealing with Electronics - Safety First

Note that many of the troubleshooting steps presented here involve the use of a multimeter. If you’ve never used a multimeter or you’ve never worked with electrical appliances before, don’t do these steps yourself. Electronics can obviously be dangerous when not handled properly. Call an appliance repair professional who has experience dealing with electronics to avoid harming yourself or your Freezer.

Frigidaire Resources

Freezer Resource Library

One of the best places to look for help is the Frigidaire Freezer Resource Library. Here you can find product manuals and answers to common questions to diagnose and hopefully solve the problem that is plaguing your frigidaire freezer. You can search for your specific model number by using this link.

Common Causes of Frigidaire Refrigerator Freezer Not Working

Faulty Evaporator Fan

Your Frigidaire freezer may not be working due to a faulty evaporator fan. This fan helps to cool the air in your freezer.

When the fan fails, it can lead to poor air circulation and cause your freezer to stop freezing properly. To fix this issue, you need to check the fan for any damage and replace it if necessary.

Defrost System Issues

Defrost system problems can also cause your Frigidaire freezer to stop working. In a normal freezer, the defrost system helps to get rid of ice build-up. This keeps the evaporator coils clear and functional.

A faulty defrost system leads to ice build-up on the coils, making your freezer unable to maintain the correct temperature. To address this problem, you should inspect the defrost system and repair or replace any damaged components.

Temperature Regulation Issues Can Lead to a Variety of Freezer Problems

Blocked Vents

Blocked vents can be another reason behind your Frigidaire freezer not working. Vents allow cold air to flow between the freezer and refrigerator sections. Obstructed vents disrupt this airflow, causing your freezer to struggle in maintaining the right temperature.

To fix this issue, ensure you clear any items or debris obstructing the vents and allow proper airflow to resume.

Temperature Control Thermostat Problems

Temperature control thermostat issues can also impact your Frigidaire freezer's performance. The thermostat is responsible for regulating the freezer's temperature. When it's not working correctly, it may cause your freezer to stop freezing.

Inspect your thermostat for any issues, and if you find any problems, you may need to repair or replace it to restore your freezer's functionality.

Initial Troubleshooting Steps

Check Power Supply

First, examine your power cord and power outlet. Ensure your cord is tightly plugged in. If it is, try plugging another item into the outlet to see if it works. If the outlet doesn't work, head to your circuit breaker box and check for a tripped breaker.

Inspect Door Seals

Next, look at your freezer's door gasket. A damaged or worn gasket can cause your freezer to lose cold air. If you notice a gap or tear in the seal, consider replacing it to fix the issue.

Verify Model Number

Lastly, check your Frigidaire refrigerator's model number. Different Frigidaire refrigerator models may have unique features or settings that can affect their performance. Comparing the model number with the user manual or manufacturer's website can help you find specific instructions or solutions for your freezer. You can plug your model number into this link to get helpful resources from Frigidaire.

Diagnosing and Repairing Components

Evaporator Fan Motor

If you have experience working with electronics and are technically inclined, you can check your evaporator fan motor by testing its voltage with a multimeter. If you haven’t used a multimeter before, you’re probably best off hiring an appliance repair pro or handyman who has experience dealing with electronics to avoid harming yourself.

You’ll need to access the fan in your freezer and remove it. If the voltage seems off, replace this component.

Testing the Evaporator Fan in Your Fridge (For People Who Are Experts With Electronics and Multimeters)

Defrost Heater, Defrost Timer and Thermostat

A faulty defrost system can also lead to freezer issues. Examine the defrost components for any signs of frost build-up. If you find ice clogging the coils, test the continuity of the defrost heater, timer, and thermostat with a multimeter (but only if you have experience working with electronics - otherwise call an appliance repair tech).

You can also try advancing the timer manually with a screwdriver until you hear a click. This puts it in defrost mode. If the compressor shuts off and the defrost heater doesn't turn on, you might need a professional to replace the faulty timer.

You will need to replace any faulty parts to ensure proper defrosting.

Compressor and Relay

Inspect your compressor by locating it at the back of your refrigerator. Use a multimeter to test its voltage and continuity. If something is amiss, consider replacing the compressor or its start relay.

Control Boards

Note: Replacing control boards is a complex task and should be left to a qualified repair technician.

Control boards regulate your refrigerator's functions. If your appliance experiences random issues or strange behavior, it might be a control board problem.

You could test control boards with a multimeter if you’re technically inclined and have successfully worked with electronic components in the past - but again, this task is best left to the appliance repair professionals who work on freezers every day. You can then replace any damaged control boards to restore your refrigerator's performance.

Replacing a Frigidaire Refrigerator Control Board

Condenser and Evaporator Coils

Ensure your condenser and evaporator coils are clean by using a vacuum cleaner to remove dirt and debris. Dirty condenser coils hinder cooling and may cause your freezer to stop working.

By following these steps and using the right tools, you can diagnose and repair your Frigidaire refrigerator's components effectively.

Cleaning Condensor Coils in a Frigidaire Side by Side Fridge Freezer Combo

When to Call an Appliance Repair Pro

This seems obvious, but before you call an expert, check if it's a simple issue like a power outage - or if the outlet isn’t working for some reason. If there are no issues with power and you’re not experienced working with electronics (especially around water), it is time to call in the experts. An appliance repair pro can help diagnose and fix the problem. They can check for faulty evaporator fans, control boards, and defrost systems, which are common causes of freezer problems.

So, when you've tried simple fixes and can't identify the issue, it's time to call an appliance repair pro. They have the expertise to diagnose the problem with your Frigidaire refrigerator and ensure that all necessary parts are functioning correctly, getting your freezer back to proper freezing temperatures.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why would a Frigidaire freezer stop freezing?

If your Frigidaire freezer stops freezing, it could be due to a few reasons:

- Dusty or frost-covered condenser coils can reduce cooling efficiency. Clean the coils by gently pulling your fridge and freezer unit away from the wall and turning the power off
- Check the evaporator fan motor, start relay, condenser coils, and evaporator coils for any faults
- Ensure the temperature control thermostat is functioning correctly. If not, it may require replacement.

How do you reset a Frigidaire freezer?

To reset your Frigidaire freezer, follow these steps:

Check if the control knob is turned to OFF. If so, set it back to ON.

- Inspect your home's electrical panel for any tripped circuit breakers or blown fuses. Reset the circuit breaker or replace the fuse with a 15 amp time-delay fuse
- If the freezer still isn't working, you might need professional assistance to diagnose and resolve the problem.

Remember to regularly maintain your freezer to prevent future issues and ensure optimal performance.

Frank Salvatore

Hey there - I'm Frank Salvatore. I created this site as a comprehensive kitchen resource. You'll find everything you need to know about everything in your kitchen. From appliances to utensils and layout - it is covered on this site!

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