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Indesit Freezer Not Freezing [Quick Fix]

Do you have an Indesit freezer that is not freezing? Read this article to learn how to quickly fix this problem.

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Indesit Freezer Not Freezing – How to Fix

Do the following if your Indesit freezer is not freezing:

1. Check the Start Relay

The start relay on the compressor of a freezer enables it to start and run successfully. If the relay is faulty, the compressor is likely not to run at all. Even if it runs at all, it won’t run smoothly.

Detach the start relay from the side of the compressor and test it with a multimeter to check for continuity. Place the multimeter between both terminal sockets. If there is no continuity, replace the relay. And if the relay has a burnt odor, replace it.

2. Check the Condenser Coils

The coils have the job of releasing heat from the unit so that it does not have to work extra hard to remain cold. But if the condenser coils are dirty, they cannot release the heat. As a result, the unit will carry the heat and have a hard time cooling.

Inspect the condenser coils of the freezer. Some have them at the back of the unit or under the unit. Others have them inside the wall of the freezer. If the coils of your freezer are visible, check to see if they are dirty. Clean them with a brush head vacuum. Ensure you repeat the cleaning process every 6 months.

3. Check the Evaporator Fan Motor

The fan takes air over the evaporator (cooling) coils to cool it. Then, it carries this air into the freezer. That is the cold air you feel when you open the door and which cools and freezes the freezer. So if the motor of the fan is defective, the freezer won’t freeze.

To determine if the motor is defective, open the door of the freezer and activate the door switch by pressing it by hand. Usually, the motor stops running when you open the door of the freezer. But when you activate the door switch, it starts running again.

However, if it doesn’t start running again after you press the swithc, the motor is defective and should be replaced.

4. Check the Evaporator Coils

Unscrew the inside rear panel of the freezer and take it out of the way to expose the evaporator coils. If there is an ice buildup on them, then something is wrong with the defrost system. But to take care of the problem for the moment, defrost the freezer manually.

Empty the freezer of everything. Store those that need to remain frozen in another freezer or in a cooler. Unplug the freezer, place a pan at the bottom edge and towels around it to collect dripping water.

Leave the door of the freezer open for about 24 hours so that it can fully and quickly defrost. After 24 hours or when it fully defrosts, clean the freezer and mop spilt water. Dry the inside of the freezer until it is totally dry. Then, close the door and plug it in again. Set the temperature and allow the freezer to cool before storing food in it.

The following video demonstrates how to defrost an Indesit fridge freezer…

For the defrost system, test the different components to find that which is faulty. A lot of times, the faulty part is the defrost heater. But to cover all bases, test the defrost thermostat and the defrost timer. Change the component that is faulty so that you don’t have to manually defrost the freezer every time the coils have ice on them.

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5. Condenser Fan Motor

The fan takes air through the condenser to pass it over the coils. If the motor of the fan is not working as it should, then the fan cannot perform its duty and the unit won’t cool properly.

Spin the blades of the fan with your hand to see if they spin well. If they don’t, then the bearings of the motor are worn so the motor must be replaced if the fan is to work. But if the blades spin well and nothing external is keeping them from spinning, test the motor with a multimeter to check for continuity. If there is no continuity, replace the motor.

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6. Check the Temperature Control Thermostat

The refrigerant system won’t run if the fan motors and the compressor don’t get the needed voltage to run. And they won’t get the voltage if the thermostat is defective. If the refrigerant doesn’t run, there is no way the freezer can cool or freeze.

To check the thermostat, turn it to the highest temperature setting from the lowest temperature setting. Wait to hear an audible click. If the click comes, the thermostat is probably fine. But if the click doesn’t come, then test the thermostat using a multimeter to check for continuity. If there is no continuity, at any temperature setting, replace the thermostat.

Rarely do you find the main control board or the compressor developing a fault but when they do, it can cause the freezer to stop freezing. The same is true for the user control and display board.

Therefore, if you find that all the other parts are in good working condition, check these last 3 parts.

However, if all seems to be well with the freezer yet it is not freezing, then check the sealed system. This is especially true if a part of the evaporator coils has frost on it or one shelf inside the freezer is not freezing. In the case of a leak in the sealed system, buying a new freezer is usually a cost-effective solution. But let any of our qualified refrigerator technicians assist you in determining this. Chat with us.

Additional Information

There are few easy things to do first before troubleshooting parts of the freezer. Check the door seal or gasket for damages. If it is worn or broken, the freezer won’t freeze due to warm air compromising the cold air in it.

Also, check the temperature setting. Setting it higher than the recommended point means that the freezer won’t freeze or it could freeze but not properly.

Ensure you don’t overstock the freezer so that there will be a free circulation of air. Keeping items too close together inhibits this. And this affects how well the freezer works.

Additionally, be sure that the freezer gets an adequate supply of power. If there is not enough voltage or the power cord is damaged, the freezer won’t work. Remember to plug it into its own wall outlet; don’t use an extension for connection.

Reminder

Unplug the freezer before troubleshooting or repairing if your Indesit freezer is not freezing. Doing this keeps you safe from electric shock and protects your freezer from damage.