Frost Buildup in Freezer: Possible Causes and Solutions

If you own a refrigerator long enough, chances are you will one day open your freezer and find frost accumulation on food packaging, as well as on the roof and sides of the unit.

Potential Causes of Frost The causes of frost in a freezer can vary. Below are some potential reasons this can occur and ways this problem can be addressed.

  1. Improperly Sealed Freezer Door
    • The most common cause of frost buildup occurs when a freezer door is not properly shut. This can happen due to a protruding food item or freezer bin preventing a proper seal. Warm air entering the freezer leads to frost buildup.
  2. Wet Items in Freezer
    • Placing wet items in your freezer can cause freezer burn on your food. It’s important to wipe down all items before storing them.
  3. Incorrect Temperature Settings
    • Incorrect temperature settings can also lead to frost accumulation. Check your freezer’s thermostat to ensure it’s set at the recommended manufacturer’s setting.
  4. Time and Lack of Maintenance
    • Regular defrosting and thawing of the fridge and freezer are necessary. This involves unplugging the unit, opening the doors until it reaches room temperature, and cleaning the compartments.
  5. Water Line Leak
    • A water line leak, due to external hoses and faulty lines deteriorating over time, can result in frost buildup both inside and outside of the unit.

In addition to the above problems, other issues such as faulty defrost timers and bad parts can create unwanted frost in your fridge.

Professional Assistance

If you suspect a leak in or around your refrigerator area, Kyle Plumbing can be contacted for addressing underlying water leak issues. While they do not provide appliance repair, they can recommend reliable appliance repair companies.

Contact Information

For further inquiries or emergency services, contact Kyle Plumbing’s Deerfield Beach office, available 24/7/365.