How to Repair a Freezer

A standalone freezer is a handy appliance to have at your disposal for additional storage space. These freezers, on average, have a lifespan of about 15 years which translates into a durable appliance. Regardless of the durability, a standalone freezer is still going to need repairs and maintenance.

Many times, the problems that may arise are going to be ones that the owner is going to be able to handle on their own. “Any serious problems should be handled by a professional, but there are plenty that can be handled by the owner,” says John Chambers, owner of Choice, specializing in appliance repair in Hawthorne. Here is a list of common issues that these freezers have and some tips on how you can troubleshoot them at home.


Here is a list of common issues that these freezers have and some tips on how you can troubleshoot them at home:


There are three different things that are involved in making sure that your freezer turns on; the thermostat, the start relay, and the start capacitor. Before you test any of these, you need to check the obvious first. Make sure that the machine is plugged in and that all of the circuit breakers are all still in the on position.


If a freezer is too warm, then it just isn’t doing its’ job. This problem can likely be contributed to a thermostat, user control, or the defrost timer. This is a serious problem and it needs to be handled quickly so that all of the food in the freezer doesn’t thaw out and go bad. It is serious enough that you may need to call in a professional.


It is possible for a freezer to get too cold and that is when it drops below 0 degrees Fahrenheit (this is the ideal temperature for a freezer). The same parts that will cause a freezer to be too warm are going to cause it to be too cold as well. You can check the temperature with a handheld thermometer. The parts that you are going to need to check are the temperature control, thermostat, or user control.


When the freezer continues to run for no reason, you will need to check the temperature control, defrost thermostat, and the defrost timer. These parts are easy to buy on the internet or right from the manufacturer. You can also tap into local repair companies to get a hold of the part that you need and then simply replace it.


Frost is normal, but then there is an amount of frost that is going to affect how the freezer functions. When it gets to this point, there are a few things that are going to have to check so that you can get this problem fixed. The defrost thermostat is the first thing to check and if this isn’t the problem, check the door gaskets and the defrost timer. The defrost timer should be the first thing to check because it is directly responsible for making sure that the freezer properly defrost.


When an appliance is making unusually loud noises, it is the first sign that something is wrong. When this happens with a freezer, the first thing to check is the evaporator blade. It is a simple part to buy and replace, but there is always the option to call in a professional to do it for you.

These common problems are easy to fix on your own. When it comes to more rare and complicated problems, you are going to need to call in a professional to fix the freezer. Take the time to make sure that your freezer is working right so that you don’t lose all of the money in food or consider hiring a professional appliance repair service. We recommend the following companies:

Arrow Appliance Repair
Oklahoma City, OK
(405) 722-2022

Choice Hawthorne Appliance Repair
Hawthorne, CA

Discount Appliance Repair DC
Washington DC
(202) 559-3966

Crown Citrus Heights Appliance Repair
Citrus Heights, CA

K&D Appliance Service Inc.
Black Hills, SD
(605) 394-9411

Shine Sunrise Appliance Repair
Sunrise, FL