How do I clean my freezer’s condenser and evaporator coils?
You can use a condenser coil brush to clean the coils. Because the coils exchange heat, any dust, lint, or dirt on them cuts down its ability to exchange heat.
It’s recommended that you clean the coils at least twice a year, and more often if you have pets. A good way to remember is to clean them when the time changes, spring forward or fall back, or clean them when you do spring and holiday cleaning.
Why is the freezer leaking?
If you see water leaking from the freezer, check the drain tube and pan. Maybe the freezer is in a defrost cycle and the evaporation drip pan is overflowing.
How cold does my freezer need to be?
The operating temperature range of most residential freezers is between -10F and +10F. The optimum temperature of the freezer is between 0F and 5F. You can check the temperatures in the freezer with the MA-RT1 thermometer, available on our site. We also carry a Freezer Alarm with Battery to warn you if your frozen foods are in danger of thawing.
If your freezer is not quite cool enough, adjust the thermostat one increment cooler on the dial and wait 24 hours for the temperature to stabilize. If it is a little too cool, adjust it one increment warmer and wait 24 hours for the temperature to stabilize.
How often should I defrost my manual defrost freezer?
You should defrost your manual defrost freezer when the ice gets about a ½ inch thick.
Can I pack my freezer too full?
Every time you open the freezer door, you let warm air in. By keeping a lot of frozen food in the freezer, which some people call ballast, it helps the compressor to not have to work as hard as it has to if it’s nearly empty. We suggest you keep your freezer at least half full, but not jam packed because you want the freezer cabinet air to circulate.
For more freezer questions and answers, visit our FAQ page.
For freezer maintenance tips, visit our maintenance page.
To understand how freezers work, visit our Repair Center.