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Why is my fridge freezer getting hot on the outside?

What to do if the outside of your freezer is hot

In order to keep its interior icy cool, your freezer requires energy. However, that energy usage shouldn’t cause the exterior of your freezer to get hot to the touch. Our experts have seen it all, and know what to do to solve abnormalities with your home appliances. Let us help you resolve your freezer issues with our insider maintenance, repair, and replacement guidance.

When cooling your freezer, your appliance pushes heat out

Your freezer relies on compressors to cycle cool refrigerant throughout its interior cabin. The work it takes to focus the refrigerant internally generates heat, and that heat is funneled to the exterior of the appliance which sometimes makes the freezer walls hot. It’s normal for your freezer exterior to be warm at times, but it shouldn’t be consistently hot to the touch. if it is we recommend checking the following parts.

Your freezer relies on compressors to cycle cool refrigerant throughout its interior cabin. The work it takes to focus the refrigerant internally generates heat, and that heat is funneled to the exterior of the appliance which sometimes makes the freezer walls hot. It’s normal for your freezer exterior to be warm at times, but it shouldn’t be consistently hot to the touch. if it is we recommend checking the following parts.

1. Condenser coils

Condenser coils can attract and collect lint, dust, and debris. When condenser coils are coated in dirt and grime they can easily overheat. Regularly cleaning your freezer’s condenser coils can prevent overheating from becoming a problem. Locate the coils at the back or bottom of the appliance, and gently vacuum the part or use a soft brush to remove debris.

Condenser coils can attract and collect lint, dust, and debris. When condenser coils are coated in dirt and grime they can easily overheat. Regularly cleaning your freezer’s condenser coils can prevent overheating from becoming a problem. Locate the coils at the back or bottom of the appliance, and gently vacuum the part or use a soft brush to remove debris.

2. Door seal

A freezer’s door seal helps ensure that every time you close the appliance’s door, you can expect an airtight seal. That airtight seal is important, because it keeps cool refrigerant in and blocks unwanted heat. Check the seal (also called a door gasket) for any damage or warping. If you see damage, replace the door seal as soon as possible, because this means your condenser coils are overworking—and likely overheating—to compensate for unregulated temperature seeping into your freezer.

A freezer’s door seal helps ensure that every time you close the appliance’s door, you can expect an airtight seal. That airtight seal is important, because it keeps cool refrigerant in and blocks unwanted heat. Check the seal (also called a door gasket) for any damage or warping. If you see damage, replace the door seal as soon as possible, because this means your condenser coils are overworking—and likely overheating—to compensate for unregulated temperature seeping into your freezer.

3. Condenser fan

The condenser fan is an essential part for keeping your freezer cool. Over time and use, they can get damaged and dirty. This makes it difficult for them to operate at their best. If you hear a loud clicking noise from your freezer, and the interior is also warmer than it should be, this a sign the condenser fans could be failing. If it is an issue of debris blockage, you can resolve this with a thorough clean. Otherwise, you will need to replace the fan.

The condenser fan is an essential part for keeping your freezer cool. Over time and use, they can get damaged and dirty. This makes it difficult for them to operate at their best. If you hear a loud clicking noise from your freezer, and the interior is also warmer than it should be, this a sign the condenser fans could be failing. If it is an issue of debris blockage, you can resolve this with a thorough clean. Otherwise, you will need to replace the fan.

Help prevent overheating with regular maintenance

For your freezer to be at its best, routine freezer maintenance makes a world of difference. Get some extra guidance with freezer maintenance tips from the experts at Bodewell.

For your freezer to be at its best, routine freezer maintenance makes a world of difference. Get some extra guidance with freezer maintenance tips from the experts at Bodewell.

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