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Why is My Fridge Frozen at the Back?

There are many ways in which a fridge can become frozen. You may have ice forming on the back wall or floor of your fridge, you could have ice forming at the rear of the crisper shelf assembly, or have ice forming behind the doors of the refrigerator. Find out what the cause of frozen refrigerators are and then contact American Appliance Repair at 800-640-9934 if you need assistance.

Potential Causes for Refrigerators That Are Frozen in the Back

There are many potential reasons that a fridge can be frozen at the back. They include:

  • The door gasket is faulty
  • The drain tube is clogged
  • There is air leaking into the fridge
  • There is an issue with the sealed system
  • Air is not circulating correctly

There are other potential causes but these are some of the most common.

How to Fix the Issue

The first thing to do is to get rid of any obstructions that are preventing the door from sealing properly. Verify that your fridge is closing completely and that it’s staying closed. Then check the set temperature. Is it at or near 38F in the fridge and 0F in the freezer? Or, if your unit has a one through ten dial control, is it set between four and six?

If you have not cleaned your condenser in the last six months, do this. Now, wait because it could take as long as 24 hours for the unit to being to work normally after the condenser is cleaned.

Look at the unit door gasket. This is the seal around the fridge door. Do you see any rips, tears, or damage? If so, then it should be replaced.

Now take out the crisper drawer and the crisper shelf (if applicable). Depending on your particular refrigerator, this may also involve removing all the lower storage drawers. If you see ice buildup, standing water, or food debris in either the trough along the back wall or in the drain tube then you should clean the drain tube.

If your unit has heavy icing, turn it off and use your hairdryer on low to melt the ice. If it returns after you have deiced it then it is time to get the professionals to diagnose and repair the unit. You can contact American Appliance Repair for help with the leading appliance repair folks in the area.