Freezer Not Freezing but the Refrigerator Section is Working
This problem is usually a result of a freon issue.
Basically what is happening here is the evaporator inside the
freezer is not completely frosted over. This means the freezer
is not producing enough cold air to freeze the contents of the
freezer, but there is enough cold air being made to cool the
contents of the refrigerator section.
The way you want to check this is easy. You need to remove
the back panel inside your freezer so you can check the coils.
What you would want to see back here is an evenly frosted over set
of coils. What you are probably going to see if you have a
freon problem is only a small portion of the coils have frost on
them. You may also see a large ball of ice in one of the upper
corners. This is usually the worse case scenario when it comes
to refrigerator repair.
Compressor Not Running Continuously
Another common issue that causes this is a compressor that cannot
run long enough. It may be overheating, have bad relays or the
windings in the motor are shot. This will cause the compressor
to only run for a short amount of time. This allows just
enough cooling for the fridge compartment, but not the freezer.
If you feel the compressor, it probably feels excessively hot or
makes some sort of buzzing and clicking sound.
To fix this problem you are going to have to find out what is
causing the compressor to not run long enough. If it's
overheating, this would be caused by the fan down by the compressor
not runnning. This fan needs to operate when the compressor is
running. This is what cools the compressor and the condensor
when the machine is supposed to be operating normally.
If you're hearing the buzzing and clicking sound, you will need
to check the windings on the compressor. You have three pins
on the compressor that the relays connect to. You need a multimeter
to test these pins for continuity. If the pins are testing
good, then replace the relay and capacitor on the side of the
compressor. It's possible that they are shot and need
Another thing that may cause the freezer to appear not to be
working is the ice maker. If your freezer has an ice maker installed
an you are not using it, make sure that it is turned off. The icemaker
will continue to run through it's cycles even if there is not water.
The only problem is that it goes through the cycles much faster. And every
cycle it goes through the heater under the icemaker tray comes on. So anything
that is close to the icemaker will thaw. Bread will not freeze in this case and
your ice cream will stay soft. I encounter this all the time on the road and the
call usually starts with, "My Freezer is not working right."
This also causes a buzzing sound, when it's trying to get water.
This is water valve noise, not to be confused with the buzzing from