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Freezer Running All The Time

Come rain or shine the fridge freezer will be working hard around the clock, ensuring to keep all your food fresh and ready for you to feast on. However, have you reached into the freezer for your favourite ice cream, only to be hit in the face with a frosty cold breeze? Sounds like your freeze may be over chilling, causing the excessively cold air and build-up of ice.

Luckily we have compiled the most common causes as to why your freezer may be over icing and we hope to give some helpful tips on how to restore your fridge freezers performance.

Cause 1

Door Seal

Without a working gasket, warm air could be seeping into the fridge freezer, which can cause the appliance to work harder than required. However, it’s a component which we do not pay particular attention to, but it is one which can have a huge impact on the performance of your fridge.

To check the effectiveness of your door gasket use this simple method:

  • Place a thin piece of paper between your refrigerator door frame and the gasket.
  • Pull the paper out from the door and if the paper comes out easily without resistance, the seal is faulty and would require replacing.

For a replacement seal, take a look through our extensive range of fridge freezer door seals to help get your food stored correctly once again.

Here’s our guide to replacing your faulty fridge freezer door seal.

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Cause 2


The function of the thermostat is to control the cooling system, including the condenser, the compressor and evaporator. If your refrigerator is not working follow these steps to help identify the fault:

  • Is there power being sent to your appliance? Simply check if the light bulb works. If you can see the light when the door is opened the power is fine.
  • Check the power indicator near the display panel; ensure the thermostat is switched on.
  • Listen for sounds coming from the fridge freezer that would show it’s working.

Safety First! Please ensure that you have disconnected the appliance from the mains before starting any repair.

  • Use a multimeter to check your thermostat for faults. You can see us doing that in this video.

Is your fridge thermostat faulty? eSpares is sure to have the right one for you! 

We’ve even got a guide showing you how to fit it.

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Cause 3

Evaporator Iced up

If your frost free fridge or freezer is whirring away as if it is working correctly but the temperature is not cold enough the it may have too much ice.

A common cause for the temperature to rise is when the evaporator gets blocked with ice and is not cleared by the defrost circuit so the air from the fan cannot pass through and cool the interior. Follow these steps to help identify the fault:

Safety First! Prior to beginning any repair, please disconnect your appliance from the mains.

  • Check that the compressor is running correctly.
  • Remove the evaporator cover and check for ice build up.
  • If excess ice is found you are likely to have a fault with the defrost circuit and will need to view the 'How To' video below.

There you have it very simple steps to check if this is the problem with your appliance.

For further information on diagnosing a defrost problem see our video below.

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