Refrigerator or Freezer Caster Kit

Here’s a great product!  Did you ever want to move your refrigerator, maybe to clean the coils behind it, but either couldn’t do it on your own or were worried about your floor?

Enter a Refrigerator or Freezer Caster Kit. 

Refrigerator / Freezer Caster Kit
A Refrigerator or Freezer Caster Kit allows you to easily move your refrigerator or freezer while protecting your floor.

Each Caster Kit comes with a set of 4 heavy-duty wheels.  Each with double 7/8″ diameter and 1-1/2″ wide wheels. The kit is easy to install and also includes a jam nut and installation instructions.

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Fix It: The Freezer is Not Freezing, The Fridge is Not Cold

I recently came across this post in our appliance repair forum, and thought it may help some of you out.

Q: “Ok, so the ice maker has been leaking for about 2 years now, just an inconvenience. Today, freezer is thawing out, fridge at 70′.  Took a hair dryer to back inside of freezer, seems like a lot of ice melted.  Fan seems to be running more than before.”

“I have seen that the ice maker water valve needs replacing. Is that it, or do I need to remove the inside of the freezer compartment and replace all those parts too?”

“I have it plugged back in for about an hour now.  Freezer getting cold, nothing in fridge compartment/ any suggestions would be appreciated. It’s 8 years old.”

One of our regular posters, applianceman, generously offered this advice:

A: “When you tried to defrost it with the hair dyer did you remove the back panel of the freezer? If not you need to go back and remove it and melt all the ice behind it (if there is any).”

“You say the ice maker is leaking but is it leaking in the freezer or in the floor? If it is leaking in the freezer the water from the ice maker may have leaked on the coils, froze and blocked airflow. If this seems to be the case melt all the ice, clean out the tube that feeds the ice maker water and replace the ice maker.”

“If the ice that is on the coils didn’t seem to come from the ice maker you may have a defrost problem. Which would be the defrost control, defrost heater or defrost thermostat.”

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For additional information on freezer maintenance, questions or general information, visit our freezer information page.

Your Freezer Questions Answered

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.

Summertime blues: my garage refrigerator no longer works; no longer keeps things cold

A garage refrigerator can be a handy item providing extra refrigerated storage space and allowing close proximity to the outdoors grill. Most people use their old kitchen refrigerator for this purpose.

However, be aware that many household refrigerators were not designed to operate in extreme outdoor temperatures and that this can cause the refrigerator to either run constantly, stop freezing/cooling or to stop working altogether.

According to Whirlpool’s Website, your refrigerator should not be placed in areas where, “temperatures go below 40°F or hotter than 100°F.”  The hotter the temperature inside your garage, the more the compressor will need to run in order to keep temperatures low. A constantly running refrigerator requires more energy and can wear out parts of your refrigerator faster like the compressor. Once a refrigerator’s compressors is shot, it will need to be replaced by a certified professional as this is a sealed system and only an EPA certified technician can legally work on a sealed system.

If your garage refrigerator is not cooling or your garage freezer is not freezing, there are a few items you can check:

Make sure that there is power to the appliance from the outlet

Check to see if the light comes on when you open the door. If not, see if there is power to the refrigerator by plugging it into a different outlet. Test the old outlet with another electric device that you know works. If there’s no power, check your fuse or circuit breaker.

Check/Adjust the temperature controls
The ideal temperature inside your refrigerator should be 40ºF or below, and your freezer 0ºF or below. Try adjusting the temperature controls for your refrigerator and freezer to make sure the proper temperatures are reached. Sometimes, rearranging how you put your foods in the refrigerator can make a big difference.

Refrigerators have either a mechanical defrost timer, or an ADC (Adaptive Defrost Control). If your refrigerator has a mechanical timer, set the cold control to the coldest setting and then advance the defrost timer. You can manually advance the timer with a screwdriver. Insert the screwdriver into the advancement pinion and turn clockwise a 1/4 to 3/8’s of a turn. If the compressor starts, replace the defrost timer.

Check your refrigerator’s door seal for leaks, cracks

Try putting a dollar bill between the gasket and the frame of the freezer as you close the door. If the dollar comes out without resistance, then you need a new door gasket. A tight seal around your fridge’s door keeps cold air from escaping and keeps the hot air out.

While checking the gasket, make sure your refrigerator shuts properly. It’s easy to make hinge door adjustments if necessary.

See if the compressor is running

The compressor is in a case with no visible moving parts. It is usually located at the back of the refrigerator near the bottom. If it’s humming, or making a steady noise, and your refrigerator is still not cooling properly, there could be a problem with one or more various components.

If you don’t hear anything, you can take the cover off the side of the compressor and test for voltage at the two leads. If no voltage is present, it’s time to check the cold control. To test if the cold control is bad, you can temporarily jump the two wires at the cold control. If you get power to the compressor after doing so, the cold control needs to be replaced.

Sometimes you can hear a click-buzz-click sound coming from the compressor. This is the relay/overload at work. If you hear this, power is getting to the compressor. If you do, something is wrong with either the compressor or the compressor starting components. If you have a newer model with solid-state starting components, you may not hear anything at all.

Some tips in order to keep your Garage refrigerator running

Keep some frozen jugs of bottled water inside the garage refrigerator

In order to help keep the inside temperature low. Believe it or not, having no food or items inside your refrigerator causes the refrigerator to run more often to cool the empty space. When storing water jugs in the freezer, be sure not to fill the jugs up all the way to the top as the ice will expand.

Clean the condenser coils on your refrigerator.
The coils, located behind and under refrigerator, can accumulate dust, lint, and pet hair. Inside a dusty old garage, the problem can be worse. The accumulation of these deposits will make your refrigerator work harder to cool. Unplug the unit and use a coil condenser brush and/or a vacuum to clean the coils.

Give it Some Space
Condenser coils on the back of the refrigerator need some room to allow heat to radiate away from the fridge. Make sure your refrigerator is not too close to the wall or adjacent cabinets.

Don’t forget the drain pan
Clean the panel that covers the drain pan and other components. The panel helps to direct air-flow away from the fridge, allowing the fridge to work more efficiently.

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5 Common Freezer Problems

Question 1: Why doesn’t the freezer work at all?

 Answer 1: Are you sure that the freezer is getting power? If you can’t tell if anything is on at all, plug something else into the same outlet, such as a small lamp or hair dryer. If you have power, it’s time to troubleshoot. If you don’t have power, check the fuse or circuit breaker. If you do have power, does the interior light work, or do you hear a fan turning inside? You can try setting the thermostat to a colder setting. Does the compressor kick in? If that doesn’t work, you can begin checking the same items that would cause the freezer to freeze poorly.

 Question 2: Why doesn’t my freezer freeze?

 Answer 2: The first thing to do is to set the thermostat to a colder setting. If that doesn’t work, you can begin checking the defrost timer. Test this by manually advancing to the defrost cycle. You can usually manually advance this timer with a screwdriver. Insert the screwdriver into the advancement pinion and turn clockwise a 1/4 to 3/8’s of a turn. The timer should advance out of the defrost cycle in less than an hour.

To test if the cold control is bad, you can temporarily jump the two wires at the cold control. If this jumping gets power to the compressor, the cold control needs to be replaced.

If there is a break in the wiring, your freezer will not work. Testing wiring is a long, tedious process. You need to check each wire with a meter to see if there is continuity. If there is, the wire is fine.

See if the compressor motor is running. The compressor is at the back of the freezer near the bottom. If it’s humming, or making a steady noise, and your freezer is still not cooling properly, there could be a problem with one or more various components. If it is running, but your freezer is still not cooling at all, there may be a problem with the condenser or evaporator coils.

Sometimes you can hear a click-buzz-click sound coming from the compressor. This is the relay/overload at work. If you hear this, power is getting to the compressor. If you do, something is wrong with either the compressor or the compressor starting components. If you have a newer model with solid-state starting components, you may not hear anything at all.

If there is power to the starting components, you may be able to test each part and replace any bad parts. There is also a 3-in-1 unit that may work on your model which replaces all the components in one unit. If the compressor still won’t start, you have a bad compressor and need to replace it. If it does start, wire the 3-in-1 part in permanently. Make sure the one you buy is rated for the horsepower of your appliance. We sell these in our parts finder area.

Sometimes the evaporator coils get frozen over and air can’t pass over them. This can result in your freezer not freezing properly. You can manually defrost your freezer by turning it off for 24-48 hours and turn it back on to see if it begins to work properly. These coils can get dirty, and they will not transfer heat or cold very well.

 Question 3: Why is there a lot of frost built up inside the freezer?

 Answer 3: A frost build-up inside the freezer usually means that there is a problem in the self-defrost system. You may even have damaged door gaskets. When you open the freezer door, you also let in a blast of warm, often humid air. This moisture usually freezes onto the evaporator coils immediately.

Self-defrost freezers are supposed to self-defrost themselves. Every 6-12 hours they turn off the compressor for a few minutes. A defrost heater then turns on to melt any frost build-up on these coils, which allows the frost and ice to melt, then it drains off to the pan underneath. Unfortunately, though, when a component fails, too much frost can build up on the evaporator coils. With no air flow over the coils, cooling in the freezer compartment becomes almost non-existent.

You can manually defrost your freezer by turning it off for 24-48 hours and turn it back on to see if it begins to work properly. If your freezer now works the way it’s supposed to, test the three other components in the self-defrosting system, the defrost heater, the defrost thermostat, or the defrost timer.

You can visually inspect some defrost heaters to see if there is a break. If it looks physically broken, then it needs to be replaced. Otherwise, check the defrost heater for continuity.

The defrost thermostat, which is just a bi-metal switch, lets current pass through at factory set temperatures. It also prevents current from passing through at the temperatures set by the factory. The set temperatures for the defrost thermostat vary from manufacturer to manufacturer.

You can test the defrost timer by manually advancing to the defrost cycle. You can usually manually advance this timer with a screwdriver. Insert the screwdriver into the advancement pinion and turn clockwise a 1/4 to 3/8’s of a turn. The timer should advance out of the defrost cycle in less than an hour.

If, after testing these components, it still does not cool properly, there may be a problem with the refrigerant level and you will need to contact a professional appliance repair person.

 Question 4: Why does the freezer keep running?

 Answer 4: Your thermostat controls whether the compressor is running or not. When the thermostat senses the internal temperature is lower than the setting, it turns off. If the thermostat won’t cycle off, the thermostat may be bad and you will have to replace it. You may also have the temperature set too high in the freezer. Try adjusting the thermostat to a lower temperature. If this turns the compressor off, you may have had it set too high. With the help of a freezer thermometer, you can find a more ideal setting that will keep your food cold, but not so cold that the compressor is always running. If raising the temperature setting doesn’t help, it may be a problem with the thermostat and you will need to replace it.

If your thermostat is working properly, there’s a chance that you have low levels of refrigerant in the sealed system. If this is where the symptoms lead you, you need to contact a professional appliance repair person. Only an EPA certified technician can legally work on a sealed system. If you attempt to do work on this system, you will void the warranty.

If this is a new refrigerator/freezer, it will run for a long time, almost constantly, before it gets cooled enough to stabilize the interior temperature. Allow up to 24 hours for it to stabilize.

Another common cause is a leaky gasket. Try putting a dollar bill between the gasket and the frame of the freezer as you close the door. If the dollar comes out without resistance, then you need a new door gasket.

When installing a refrigerator or freezer door gasket, you should allow the gasket to adjust to room temperature before removing it from the carton. When carrying or handling the gasket, you want to carry it by the corners. This will help to prevent breakage of the flexible magnet. Should the magnet be found to be broken, it will NOT impair its effectiveness. If the gasket is deformed or twisted from long storage, you can heat the deformed section with an electric heater, hair dryer, or a 150-300 watt light bulb. Holding the heat source about 1 inch to 3 or 4 inches from the gasket, move the heat source back and forth to maintain even warming. Apply heat until gasket has resumed its original shape. This can also correct an already installed, deformed gasket. Make sure you use caution so as not to damage the inner door panel.

Make sure that the freezer has enough air clearance on all sides. There is a condenser coil on the back or under the back near the compressor that needs to radiate heat away from itself. If it can’t radiate enough heat, it will cool poorly and will run for longer periods of time.

Verify that the door light switch is working properly. Push the switch with your finger to verify the light is turning off. If the light stays on, it will actually warn the interior of the freezer. Fix or replace the switch if it is faulty.

Modern freezers start and stop very frequently to maintain an even temperature. They may run for a long time initially. This is especially true if you have just put a lot of warm food in the freezer, or if it is very hot and humid. It can take several hours to get back to the cool temperature you have it set for after putting a large amount of food in it.

Question 5: Why do my frozen meats look burned?
Answer 5: Simply put, freezer burn is when the food in your freezer gets dehydrated from the freezer unit sucking out the moisture from the food. This is because the food wasn’t wrapped tightly enough to prevent evaporation of the moisture in whatever you’re freezing. It’s still okay to eat, but it probably tastes bad. The best way to prevent freezer burn is to seal food very well in sealed storage bags before freezing.

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