Opening your freezer to get your favorite food out only to find that everything is covered in a layer of ice is inconvenient and frustrating. While your freezer is supposed to keep your food frozen, it is not supposed to cover it in ice. In fact, if you find your freezer and its contents covered in frost, this is a sign that something might be wrong with this kitchen appliance.
What Causes Frost Buildup?
The most common cause of frost buildup is outside air entering your freezer. There are many different ways that this can occur. The most obvious is simply that your freezer door was left open for too long. The problem could also be that the freezer door is not closing properly, allowing warmer air to enter. In more serious cases, your appliance could have a leak through the ice dispenser door or a failed seal.
Why is Frost Buildup a Problem?
Frost buildup can compromise the efficiency and functionality of your freezer. When you open your freezer, you allow in a blast of warmer air from your home. Generally, this air will freeze immediately on the freezer’s coils. Properly operating freezers are equipped with an automatic defroster that periodically removes the frost from the coils. However, if too much frost is able to buildup, the defrosting process itself may be inadequate. In addition, the buildup of frost could compromise the freshness of the food in your freezer.
When Should You Call a Professional?
There are some quick fixes when it comes to stopping frost buildup. For example, you could simply take out your food and turn off your freezer altogether, allowing the frost to melt. If you find that the frost reappears, however, this may be a sign that you have a refrigerant problem and need to contact an appliance repair professionals.
If you find that your freezer is frequently filled with frost, there could be a problem with your freezer. In addition to being inconvenient, a leak from your freezer can result in higher energy costs. To learn more about freezer frost buildup or appliance repair, call EG Appliance Repair of Los Angeles at (818) 633-2178.