It really can’t be enjoyable when you take a vegetable salad out of the refrigerator and it crunches in your mouth because it’s turned to ice. This is when the owners start wondering, “Why does my refrigerator freeze food?” To get rid of the malfunction of the fridge, repair it by finding out the root cause of the freezing problem first.

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Wrong temperature mode selected

Probably the most widespread explanation for a major freezing problem is that the thermostat was not adjusted correctly. At some point, you may have chosen a cooler temperature for some particular reason. It also happens that the temperature sign on the thermostat disappears over time, so the correct position of the switch should be checked first.

Door seal problems

Over time, the door gasket may get cracked or dry out, allowing cold air to infiltrate from the outside while hot air from the room advances through the fridge compartment. In this case, the cause of freezing may lie in the fact that the refrigerator attempts to counterbalance the temperature increase and operates more intensively. It is advisable to substitute it in case you observe any signs of flaws in the gasket.

Dirty condenser coils impact cooling capability

Condenser coils are commonly placed on the rear of an appliance and are harder to reach for cleaning, therefore they frequently get dirty. The cooling medium flows through them. Large appliances like refrigerators or freezers are seldom pulled forward for cleaning up behind them, so a great deal of dirt accumulates on the coils after a certain period of time. What this does in turn, is interfere with the smooth temperature exchange.

Broken thermostat

A faulty thermostat may prevent your refrigerator from cooling properly by not automatically shutting down when it reaches the desired temperature. However, as discussed earlier, it’s not necessarily a malfunctioning thermostat. Make sure it’s in the right position first. If the temperature is adjusted appropriately yet the refrigerator is still freezing groceries, the thermostat should be checked and possibly repaired or replaced.

Damper malfunction

Fridge dampers enable cool air to drift from the freezer into the refrigerator. A jammed damper hinders this air stream, leaving the air in your fridge warmer than usual and sometimes way too hot to preserve your food fresh. In addition to the above reasons, other causes may result in your refrigerator freezing food, such as:

    • Compartment temperature sensor failure;

    • Coolant leakage;

    • Defective control module;

    • Bad motor performance;

    • Compressor failure.

And many other reasons, which may be detected by appliance repair technicians. The causes of fridge freezing may vary greatly according to the refrigerator’s design.

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Updated at: June 5, 2023