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Frost in Freezer: Simple User Error Causes

Copious amounts of frost in any fridge or freezer are never a good sign, and particular for newer models that include built-in defrosting methods. There are some cases where frost buildup in these freezers isn’t signaling a major issue; there are also others, though, where a significant problem could be taking place, including one where you might need freezer repair services.

At All Pro Appliance Service, we’re here to provide a wide range of appliance repair services, including comprehensive freezer repair for any clients in need. What are the common causes of frost in today’s freezers, and how can you avoid or remedy these – either on your own or, in some cases, with the assistance of our professionals? This two-part blog series will go over several important areas to be aware of.

Freezer Overfilling

One of the simplest and most common reasons frost may build up in the freezer: You have too many items in it. Freezers that have frost buildups usually see them due to extra moisture, which increases the chances of freezer burn and may damage food.

And when the freezer is too full, moisture builds up because there’s poor air circulation. Every time the door is opened, moist air settles on frozen food, causing it to ice up later. Simply put, you can avoid this by never over-filling the freezer, and leaving proper room for airflow between frozen items.

Ice Maker Issues

In cases where your fridge has a built-in ice maker in the door that leads to the freezer, warm air may enter the freezer through the ice chute that’s part of this setup. This will not only cause frost, but may also create damage in the ice maker itself over time.

If you think this is the case, check your ice maker chute to see if ice or any other blockages are present. If you can, use a plastic utensil to remove this and seal the chute.

Hot or Wet Containers

Another possible cause of freezer frost buildup is the placement of hot or wet containers inside it. These containers will increase the humidity levels inside the freezer – even if the inside has good airflow and items aren’t too close together, this will still cause frost to form up. Frost will generally show up on both sides of the freezer when this is the case, which is frustrating but will also give you a clear idea of the issue. Be sure to dry off any containers you’re placing in the freezer beforehand; if possible, also give warm containers a few minutes or hours to cool down.

For more on how to avoid risks of frost building up in your freezer, or to learn about any of our freezer repair or other appliance repair services, speak to the staff at All Pro Appliance Service today.

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