How To Fix A Refrigerator Freezer That's Too Cold

Arguably the hardest working appliance in the home, a refrigerator is something you can’t live without. If your fridge's freezer is too cold, don’t give up – we can help. We’ve compiled a list of the most common parts that cause freezer too cold.You can use this information to troubleshoot your own refrigerator and then enter your model number into the search box to find the right part that will fit your fridge. Searching with your model will also give you access to even more information about this symptom and instructions on how to install your repair part.

Air Damper Or Freezer Control

    - Customers rate this repair as Really Easy
    - less than 15 minutes
    We have 16 installation instructions

    If the freezer section is too cold and the fresh food section temperature is normal you should suspect that the air damper or freezer control is adjusted improperly or may be defective, and is deflecting more than the normal amount of air into the freezer section and not enough into the fresh food compartment to satisfy the cold control and turn off the compressor. Verify that the control is operating the damper and that it moves freely with no binding or obstructions.

    Temperature Sensor Or Thermistor

      - Customers rate this repair as Really Easy
      - 15 - 30 minutes
      We have 28 installation instructions
      We have 1 step-by-step video

      In models that use an Electronic Control, a thermistor or temperature sensor may be used to monitor fresh food and freezer temperatures. The sensor is a small capsule like device that is protected by a plastic shield and will vary in resistance depending on the temperature. The control board uses this information to turn on the compressor and fan circuits as well as to operate the damper control on some models. If the sensor becomes damaged or defective it may incorrectly signal the control board to close the air damper too much and result in colder than normal freezer temperatures. Individual manufacturers may have specific information available to test these sensors, depending on the model involved, and may also provide a fault code on the electronic control board on some models.

      More Repair Parts

        We’ve identified the most common parts that can cause a refrigerator's freezer to become too cold, but there are other parts that could be at fault. If you are unable to fix your fridge with the information above, enter your model number into the search box for additional repair help. Searching with your model number will give you access to all parts and schematics, symptoms for your specific refrigerator as well as all installation instructions and videos.