Waeco fridge freezers typically have life spans of about 10 to 15 years. If your Waeco fridge freezer is experiencing some malfunction, it is a matter of simple maintenance rather than replacing the fridge freezer. 

Common problems that you may experience with Waeco fridge freezers can be broadly classified into four categories:

  • The fridge is not cooling.
  • The freezer is not freezing.
  • The freezer is leaking out water.
  • The freezer is running all the time and yet not cooling. 

This article takes an in-depth look into these problems while providing more insight into solutions that you can employ to solve them.

1. Waeco Fridge Not Cooling

If you notice that your refrigerator is no longer cooling as before, do not panic. It usually happens, and you might be surprised that a quick fix with just a screwdriver will sort the issue out. Here we look at four reasons why your fridge is not cooling and provide you with quick-fix solutions.

Change In Refrigerator Temperature Setting

Waeco fridges and freezers have a display panel linked to a control panel that allows the user to adjust the fridge’s temperature. 

Any adjustment in the fridge’s thermostat leads to a different cooling capacity of the fridge. 

Solution: Always check that the temperature is set to your preferred setting before moving on to the next step.

Power Loss To The Fridge 

All fridges rely on Electricity to operate, and Waeco fridge freezers are no exception. Power loss to the fridge results from an unplugged power supply cord, loose terminals, or faulty power surge protector.

Solution: Test whether the power supply cord, electric socket head or power surge protector are operational.

Blocked Air Vents

To have proper temperatures within both the fridge and the freezer, air circulation within the fridge must be at optimum. Cool air from the freezer enters the refrigerator through these vents. 

If the vents are blocked, airflow is restricted, resulting in moisture buildup, and inconsistent temperatures may be experienced within the fridge.

Solution: Remove objects or foods in the fridge that block air vents between the fridge and the freezer.

Blocked Compressor Fan

The compressor is among the most important components of any refrigerator. Its job is to compress the refrigerant, thus increasing its pressure with the help of air. 

When the compressed refrigerant is released throughout the fridge, the pressure changes allow it to cool whatever is in the fridge. 

The compressor fan facilitates the intake of air into the compressor. Any blockage using dust, hairs, or clothing limits air into the compressor.

Solution: Unplug the refrigerator from the power supply and check underneath for blocked vents. Clean the air vents to the compressor fan, plug in the power cord, and you are good to go.

2. The Freezer Is Not Freezing

A freezer that behaves like a refrigerator or worse is faulty. While there are myriad reasons why a freezer may not work, the good news is that these problems can be easily solved. The causes of a freezer not freezing are:

A Malfunctioning Evaporator Fan Motor

The evaporator fan is tasked with circulating air throughout the freezer. A malfunctioning one will render the freezer useless.

Solution: Contact a professional since the fault might be an electrical one.

Dirty Condenser Coils 

Condensers aid in freezing by transferring heat accumulated by the refrigerant to another medium such as air or water, or both. 

Dirty condenser coils reduce the refrigerant’s heat transfer, thus causing a heat buildup within the freezer. 

 Solution: Clean the condenser coils with the help of a vacuum cleaner or a brush.

Faulty Compressor Start Relays

A faulty compressor start relay causes the compressor malfunction. This then results in the fridge not cooling and the freezer not freezing. 

To know the state of your fridge’s start relay, perform the shake and rattle test on it. 

Solution: Call in a refrigerator repair specialist to replace the relay. For the DIY team, ensure to unplug your fridge from the power supply, use your user manual to locate the start relay wiring diagram, unplug the bad relay, and plug in an equally rated relay.   

3. The Freezer Is Leaking Out Water

A freezer leaking water is fairly an everyday occurrence that can be solved easily. This problem is caused by one or two of the following freezer issues.

Blocked Defrost Drain 

A blocked defrost drain results when particles or debris block the defrost pipe leading to ice buildup, and eventually, water starts leaking out.

Solution: Use a pipe cleaner or a piece of wire to manually push debris out of the defrost drain. Then use soap and hot water to clean the rubber check valve located towards the bottom of the defrost drain.

Clogged Or Frozen Water Supply Line 

Clogged water supply lines result in water accumulating underneath the fridge freezer, affecting the ice maker’s ability to produce ice. 

Solution: Unplug the refrigerator power cord from the socket and check the shut-off valve underneath the sink, behind, or below the refrigerator. Close the valve and check for any tears or blockages in the water supply line. 

If blockages are present, let the refrigerator be off for almost two hours. 

Replace the water supply line if it is torn or broken. 

4. Freezer Running All The Time and Yet not Cooling

Is your freezer running all the time, yet you feel that your food isn’t as cold as you might have expected? Do not panic. 

Below are two reasons why you may be experiencing this and their remedies.

Faulty Freezer Defrost Heater

If your freezer is operating all the time yet it seems never to get cold enough, a common culprit is an issue with the freezer defrost heater. 

If the heater is not working, frost builds up on the evaporator coils leading to a malfunctioning freezer.  

Solution: Use a multimeter to check the defrost heater for continuity. The resistance should be less than 30 Ohms, if it exceeds this value, consult a fridge repair expert. 

Faulty Door Or Lid Gasket

The work of a gasket in a freezer is to provide an airtight seal that prevents cold air from leaking out. 

A cracked door or leaking gasket results in frost buildup on the evaporator coils causing the compressor to run continuously.

Solution: Check areas of significant frost buildup as frost buildup indicate the parts of the gasket or lid that are cracked or leaking. Replace the faulty parts.

The Takeaway

Just like any other home appliance, fridge freezers are prone to error. 

The positive to this is that most of the problems associated with Waeco fridge freezers are pretty easy to solve. 

Waeco is a trusted brand that builds fridge freezers with a longer life span than most other companies. If you are facing any one of the above-listed problems, it is more likely than not that the above-provided solutions will fix your problem. 

Just remember to ALWAYS TURN OFF your Waeco fridge freezer before starting any maintenance work on it.

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