We rely on our freezers to keep food cold, ice ready and leftovers preserved. But like all home appliances, freezers are not immune to their fair share of maintenance problems. This article will discuss the most common freezer issues that people face and how to deal with them when they happen.
Freezer burn is a common freezer issue that happens when food becomes dehydrated and oxidized due to air coming in contact with frozen food. It causes a frosty white or gray coating that appears on food, which isn’t necessarily unsafe to eat, but is most certainly unappetizing.
Fortunately, freezer burn is preventable if you wrap food in extra layers and make sure the freezer door is always shut tightly. This will help prevent air from touching your frozen foods, and in turn, prevent the nasty residue from forming. Other tips for how to prevent freezer burn are using high-quality containers when freezing food, allowing foods to fully cool before putting them into the freezer, and not freezing too many new items at the same time.
Ice Tastes Bad
“Why does my ice taste bad?” is another question that many people wonder about. After all, we want the ice in our drinks to cool them down, not to give them extra flavour.
If you notice a foul taste from the ice cubes in your freezer, chances are that your water filter needs to be replaced. It is also possible that the ice cubes have been sitting in the freezer for too long and absorbed some odors from the surrounding foods. Another explanation is that your water supply has minerals or substances in it that is affecting the taste of your water, and therefore, your ice as well.
Along with these common freezer issues, freezers can also become too warm and end up spoiling your leftovers or melting your ice cream. If your freezer is too warm, it is a smart idea to buy a freezer thermometer that can measure low temperatures and then place it between two food items that have been in the freezer for at least 24 hours.
If the freezer is too cold and excessively freezing items, consider defrosting it. In general, plan to defrost your freezer at least once per year to promote good functionality.
Frost build-up is common in freezers, and often means that the defrost heater needs to be replaced. If the excess frost is around the gaskets, the problem might be as simple as the door not being shut tightly. However, more frost than usual could also mean that the freezer temperature has been set too low. It should be right around 18°C for optimal freezing.
Making Weird Noises
Freezers may start to make weird noises over time, which is often due to a fan motor that is in need of replacement. However, strange sounds could also be due to your particular freezer’s defrost cycle, how the ice maker creates ice, or how water drains during defrost. If the noise is due to a freezer issue and not just part of its normal operations, the noise will usually be accompanied by another issue as well.
Ice Maker Not Working
Ice makers are great for having a steady supply of ice in your freezer without having to manually fill trays with water and wait for them to freeze. But if your ice maker has stopped making ice, you should check the control arm to make sure it is in the correct position. If it accidently got bumped up, the safety setting could be unintentionally on to prevent overflowing even though there’s no ice in the bin.
If these tips aren’t working to fix your freezer or yours has simply become too old or not large enough for your needs, head over to The Brick to do some shopping! We carry many styles of freezers from top brands, including Frigidaire, Whirlpool, Midea, and Danby. You can also search our freezers online by height, depth, features, energy ratings, and models on sale to stay cool and enjoy the frozen foods you love.