Freezer Repair


In most cases, a freezer is combined with a refrigerator. The freezer is either on top of, below or to the side of the refrigerator. However, there are also standalone models referred to as chest freezers. You will often find a chest freezer in a basement or garage where it is used for long-term storage of food and liquids. There are also walk-in freezers in restaurants and other commercial properties.

The average freezer repair project is not too difficult. We find most freezer repair projects require no more than 15-20 minutes to complete with the right tools and process.  Also, freezers do not need much attention or care. This is because freezers tend to be a durable household appliance and can last as long as 10-15 years before problems start to occur. This is especially true of name brand freezers, including Haier, Danby, Amana and Maytag.

The list below features some problems that tend to occur on freezers once the appliance has reached 10 years of age or older. This post includes a brief overview of the problem as well as general guidelines and troubleshooting tips. You can find more in-depth tutorials throughout

Do not attempt any of the repairs below without the proper tools, safety gear and understanding. If you are not comfortable, do not proceed. Instead, call a local appliance repair company near you for assistance in fixing your broken freezer. We have provided a list of our recommendations at the bottom of this post.

Continue reading for our list of common freezer problems:


A common problem on residential freezers is the presence of too much frost in the interior of the appliance. This issue is unique to freezers but not too complicated to repair. In the event of frost buildup, inspect the door gasket as well as the defrost thermostat and defrost timer. Identify which of these parts is defective or causing the buildup and then remove and replace it from the freezer for successful repair.


A freezer will generate a small amount of noise during operation but nothing too loud or unpleasant. If loud noises start to emit from the appliance, it is an indication that something is wrong with the freezer that requires attention. “The first part to inspect is the evaporator fan motor. Then inspect the evaporator fan blade. These freezer parts can wear down over time or dull and will need to be replaced in order to put an end to the unpleasant noises coming from the machine,” according to Tom Senzel, owner of Appliance Repair Edison NJ.


Most household appliances are electrical. This means they need to be plugged in. Often times, the reason a freezer won’t turn on is because it is unplugged. Another common reason is that a circuit breaker tripped and needs to be turned on again. If neither of these issues are the cause of the problem, inspect start capacitor and the thermostat. You can troubleshoot both parts to determine which one needs replacement.


A freezer should stop and start running based on the temperature inside of it. You will hear a small hum from the freezer as it is running. If there is no pause in humming for an extended period of time, there is a chance the freezer is continuing to run for longer than it should. In this case, inspect the defrost timer, the defrost thermostat and the temperature control. In theory, a part on the freezer is no longer recording the correct temperature causing the machine to run longer than it is supposed to.


A residential freezer should be 0 degrees fahrenheit. The machine will start and stop running in order to settle at that temperature for the majority of the time. If a freezer is either too cold or too warm, there is an issue that needs immediate attention in order to protect the food or liquid inside. You should inspect the user control and temperature control as well as the thermostat. These three parts are the primary parts responsible for the temperature of the freezer. feels the repairs listed above can be completed by most amateur handymen and homeowners if done carefully with the correct tools. However, we do not recommend proceeding with a repair without the proper tools or comfort level. In this case, it is best to hire a professional appliance repair company trained in freezer repair. Here are some local companies we recommend:

L&W Appliance Repair
Corpus Christi, TX

Appliance Repair South Plainfield
Edison, NJ

Anaheim Appliance Repair
Anaheim, CA