Your Frigidaire fridge is freezing food and you may have wondered “why is this happening to me” a lot. We understand how annoying this can be. Hence, in this article, we will answer the question why does my Frigidaire fridge keep freezing food as best as we can. We will also tell you how to resolve the issue.
Why is Your Frigidaire Fridge Freezing Food
Here are some of reasons why your fridge is freezing food…
1. The fridge’s temperature is too low
This is so obvious that you can easily miss it. If the fridge’s temperature dial is set too low, then the fridge may get too cold and begin to freeze food.
2. The fridge’s coils are dirty
If the fridge’s coil is dirty or dusty, it may cause the compressor to work twice as hard. This can make the cold air being produced to become twice the quantity necessary. This could be the problem if it is a new Frigidaire fridge freezing food.
3. A part of the fridge is bad and needs replacement
Sometimes, the problem may be due to a faulty part of the fridge. Some of your fridge’s parts are more likely to cause the problem in question. Following is a list of these parts, what their basic functions are, and how they can be checked for faults.
i. Damper control assembly
The damper control is the part of the fridge that regulates the amount of cold air that is circulated into the fridge. It does this by opening and closing. If broken, it can stay stuck on open and this will cause the temperature of your fridge to drop.
ii. Thermostat control
The thermostat has to direct voltage to the condenser, compressor, and evaporator fan. It is also responsible for turning the fridge off and on and monitors the air temperature of the fridge.
The compressor will work more than it’s meant to if the thermostat begins to malfunction. And this will result in the fridge getting colder than usual.
To see if the thermostat is defective, make sure the fridge is on and the compressor running. Then rotate the temperature dial from the lowest to the highest. Listen closely for a click as you do this. If you hear the click sound, then the thermostat is in good working condition. As the click sound indicates that the refrigerant system has shut down.
This monitors and reads the air temperature of the fridge. It then sends this reading to the temperature control board that uses the reading to direct voltage to the refrigerant system. A malfunctioning thermistor will result in an improper voltage supply to the fridge’s refrigerant system.
This could make the compressor and evaporator fans work continuously. And the fridge’s temperature may become too cold.
You can use a multimeter to check the thermistor’s resistance. Set the fridge to a different temperature with the temperature dial and see if the thermistor resistance changes. If it does not, then it is malfunctioning.
How to Stop Your Frigidaire Fridge from Freezing Food
To stop your Frigidaire fridge from freezing food, do the following…
1. Increase the temperature of the fridge
Like we said this is the most obvious and sometimes this makes it overlooked. Turn the temperature dial up a bit and wait for some time to see if the problem is solved.
Be careful not to make the temperature too hot, the ideal temperature for a fridge is 38 to 42°F. If this does not solve the problem, then try the next solution.
2. Clean the coils
Switch off the fridge and disconnect the cord from the power socket. Then pull the fridge from the wall, you will have access to the coils of the fridge. Clean the coils as much as you can and return the fridge to its position. Then turn it back on. If dirty coils were the problem, the cleaning should resolve the issue.
3. Replace any faulty component
We have discussed methods to check for faults in the fridge’s parts that can be responsible for making the fridge freeze up. So, take out time to inspect these parts for faults. If you find any, then the part has to be changed.
With Frigidaire fridges, the problem is mostly the control thermostat. So we will give a step-by-step procedure for how to replace the thermostat.
How to Replace a Frigidaire Fridge’s Temperature Control Thermostat
Step 1: Turn off the fridge from the power supply and unplug the power cord from the socket.
Step 2: Take out the shelving and the screws; this will make it possible to take out the damper covers and conduit.
Step 3: Remove the sensor of the thermostat from the damper then take out the control panel.
Step 4: Disconnect all the wires from the thermostat
Step 5: Take out the old control thermostat from its housing and put in the new one.
Step 6: Fit the insulation of the old control thermostat on the new one.
Step 7: Put back the control panel, reconnect all the wires, and knobs.
Step 8: Place the damper covers and conduit back in position and fasten the screws back on.
The video below gives further explanation on how to replace your Frigidaire fridge’s control thermostat
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