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GE Freezer Not Freezing? (All You Need to Know)

Every machine after a certain time shows some defects and it is normal. Sometimes good brands such as GE, and others show the same thing.

As there is some problem, there are so many solutions that you can follow and fix the problem. There are various reasons for a freezer not to work. Let’s dive in.

GE freezer not freezing

GE freezer could not be freezing due to dirt accumulated on the condenser coils, damaged door seals, freezer packed to the brim, the start relay not working properly, the condenser fan motor not working properly, and sealed system leak, etc. However, a solution to these problems is available.

There can be various reasons for a ge freezer to not freeze. Let’s get to know them.

GE side by side freezer

Condenser Coils are Dirty:

Since filthy condenser coils cause the condenser to store heat rather than release it, the total cooling capacity of your freezer may be diminished if they are dirty. Because of this, the compressor will attempt to overcompensate.

The Evaporator Fan is not working:

Faulty interior components cause freezers to not freeze. Unplug your refrigerator’s evaporator fan, then clean its blades. Ice on evaporator fan blades hinders freezer airflow. Replace bent fan blades.

If the evaporator fan blades are freely moving but the fan isn’t working, replace the motor or fix broken wires between the motor and thermostat.

Motor Condenser:

The condenser fan motor pulls air across condenser coils. If the condenser fan motor isn’t working, the refrigerator won’t chill. Check the condenser fan blades for obstructions if the motor isn’t running. Ensure the blades spin freely. If fan blades don’t spin freely, the fan motor bearings are worn and should be changed.

GE monogram freezer

Temperature Control Thermostat:

The thermostat controls the compressor, evaporator fan motor, and condenser fan motor. The freezer won’t cool if the thermostat isn’t operating. Rotate the thermostat from low to high and listen for a “tick” If the thermostat ticks, it’s probably fine.

Frosted evaporator coils:

Common causes include defrosting system problems. The defrost heater turns on multiple times a day to melt freezer evaporator frost.

If the defrost heater won’t switch on, the evaporator coils will ice over. Use a multimeter to check the defrost heater’s continuity.

Evaporator Fan Motor:

The freezer’s evaporator fan motor circulates air over the coils. The freezer won’t chill without the evaporator fan motor.

Most refrigerators won’t run with the door open. Open the freezer door and manually engage the door switch to examine the evaporator fan motor. If the door switch is on but the fan won’t operate.

GE chest freezer

Start Relay:

Start relay powers compressor. The compressor may run irregularly or not at all if the start relay isn’t operating. The freezer won’t cool without the compressor. Remove the start relay and unplug the freezer to test it.


Compressors pump refrigerant through the evaporator and condenser coils. The freezer won’t cool without the compressor. Rarely, though. Check all usually faulty parts before replacing the compressor. Check the compressor if all other parts work.

Door Seal:

 Your freezer door gasket keeps warm air from your home out and cools the air in. If the door doesn’t close entirely, cool air will escape out and raise the freezer’s temperature. Place a piece of paper against the gasket and close the freezer door to test its seal.

Pull the paper. If extracting the paper from the door is easy, the seals are loose and need replacing.

Ge upright freezer

A Defective Start Relay:

The compressor is powered by the start relay. If the start relay fails, the compressor will not get electricity and would stop running. Hence, your freezer will not freeze.


Before replacing a control board, check for more prevalent problems. Replace the main control board if all other parts work.

Freezer not freezing due to overpacking:

The first thing to look for if your freezer isn’t working is whether the shelves are packed too firmly. Overstuffed refrigerators may limit airflow, particularly if the evaporator fan is obstructed. Your freezer’s shelves should be emptied if it is not freezing.

Make sure there’s adequate space under the evaporator fan, usually in the freezer’s back, so chilly air can reach everywhere.

Is GE freezer not freezing common?

GE freezer not working is quite common. A little upkeep and care can go a long way toward keeping your freezer working well.

Dust and grime can accumulate on the condenser coils over time, obstructing proper airflow and limiting your freezer’s cooling ability. Clean the condenser coils every few months to keep your appliance running smoothly.

Your freezer door’s interior perimeter is protected with a door seal (also known as a gasket). When the seal is intact, cold air is successfully kept in and warm air is kept out. However, if the seal becomes damaged, warm air can enter the freezer and lower its temperature.

If your freezer is completely full, it may be blocking the evaporator fan and limiting normal air circulation. Take stock of your freezer’s contents every few months or so and discard any expired or undesired food.

How to fix ge freezer which is not freezing?

You can fix your ge freezer not freezing. Let’s get to know the process.

Examine the configuration controls:

To ensure that your appliance is set to the correct temperature, examine its control settings. However, if your freezer is cool but not freezing, the thermostat may require inspection.

Try adjusting the thermostat from its minimum to its maximum setting. If you do not hear a tick, a replacement by an expert is advised.

Make space on the shelves of the freezer:

You can alleviate some of the issues you’re having with your freezer by cleaning up the shelves.

Because overpacking might result in a covered evaporator fan and a restriction of airflow, avoid overcrowding your freezer and instead only store the largest amount of food that the dimensions of your appliance will allow.

Make use of the chance to wipe down any exposed areas to cut any dirt, dust, or food particles that may still be present.

Conduct a thorough cleaning of the condenser coils:

If your combination refrigerator-freezer is giving you trouble freezing food, you should examine the condition of the condenser coils, which are often located in the back or bottom of the refrigerator and may be accessed in either location.

The capacity of the appliance to cool the air is reduced when a layer of dirt is allowed to accumulate on the condenser coils. You can get rid of dust and maintain the cleanliness of your condenser coils by using a vacuum that has a crevice attachment.

Reduce frost buildup:

Destruction of accumulated ice will allow your freezer to reach and maintain an adequate temperature for food storage. When frost forms on the internal walls of a freezer, the freezer must exert greater effort to maintain the desired temperature.

How do I clean my freezer coils?

Cleaning the ge freezer properly will keep the freezer running good for a long time. Let’s get to know the cleaning process.

Unplug the device (the first rule of any appliance maintenance, upkeep, or repair job):

If the electrical outlet is behind your refrigerator, you might need to remove it from the wall to carry out this.

Be unconcerned about spoilage: Your cold foods will stay cold during the brief (15-minute or less) coil-cleaning procedure because the doors will stay closed.

Find the condenser coils:

Condenser coils are behind a snap-off toe-grill at the front of the fridge. Condenser coils are on the back of a fridge without a toe-grill. If the fridge’s coils are on the back, you’ll need to lift it away from the wall.

Wear a dust mask:

Use a flashlight to see the coils if they’re under the fridge, vacuum the toe grill or the back of the fridge.

Use a coil condenser brush to clear the area of the dust:

The brush’s cylindrical shape allows you to easily slip it between the spaces in the coil grid.

It is roughly 27 inches long and has short bristles on the upper third. To clear dust, move it back and forth. You may also try gently twisting it to fit into nooks and small spaces.

Any stray dust that may have fallen to the floor should be vacuumed up:

Vacuum any floor dust. If required, replace the toe-grill and push the fridge back in. Plug your refrigerator’s power cord back in.

Final Thoughts

If your freezer struggles to keep cold, you risk wasting food and shortening its life. This could be due to the freezer being too full, the seals being loose, the coils being dirty, the start relay being bad and the compressor being damaged. However, these problems can be easily fixed.