DIY chest freezer repair

It's easy to panic when your chest freezer stops running and that side of beef stored in it could thaw. Find your symptom below and learn what to do to quickly get your freezer going again and prevent food from spoiling. Use the procedures in the step-by-step repair guides to install replacement parts in your chest freezer and get it cooling again. Our freezer articles and videos give advice for use and care of your freezer to keep it running smoothly and cooling efficiently.

To find the owner’s manual or a complete list of replacement parts for your chest freezer, search for your model number.

Chest Freezers
Repair guides for chest freezers

How to replace a freezer temperature control thermostat

The cold control thermostat regulates the freezer temperature. A defective cold control thermostat can prevent the compressor from cycling on or off. Follow these steps to replace a defective cold control thermostat.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 15 minutes or less
February 20, 2015
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a freezer compressor start relay

The compressor start relay starts the compressor. If the compressor won’t start, follow these steps to replace a defective compressor start relay.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 15 minutes or less
February 1, 2015
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a freezer lid gasket

The lid gasket prevents air and moisture from entering the freezer when the lid is closed. Follow these steps to replace a torn or damaged lid gasket.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less