It’s 1:00 A.M., and you go to your fridge to scour for some food for your midnight snack. Suddenly, you noticed your Samsung freezer’s drawer won’t open all the way.
Hunger turns to confusion and slight panic, and you wonder “how can I fix this?”
Don’t worry, this is a known and common occurrence. While you might not find those words comforting, it simply means there are also known and common fixes!
So relax and breathe for a second, your fridge will make it as we’ve compiled the issues and their remedies in this article. Identifying and fixing the cause is easy to do — in fact, it should only take you 10 minutes at most!
Why is my freezer drawer not opening?
If your Samsung freezer drawer won’t open all the way or is stuck entirely, it’s either moisture built up and froze inside the freezer, food was wedged between the drawer and the rail, your drawer is damaged or misaligned, or its rails are broken.
Do note that these are only some of the common reasons why your freezer drawer isn’t opening. There are other potential causes, but those are few and far between.
With that said, we do have solutions for the more common reasons!
Causes and Solutions
The freezer’s drawer is commonly used to store vegetables and fruits. A faulty drawer won’t affect the freezer’s performance by any means, but it’s still a hassle to deal with.
On the bright side, drawer issues are usually caused by something external, so fixing it should be easy. As we mentioned, ice and debris are two of the most common ones.
We’ve compiled and listed the most common issues below, as well as how to troubleshoot and remedy each one.
|Ice Buildup||Simply unplug and defrost your freezer for a couple of hours. |
This should melt the ice buildup, allowing you to freely slide the drawer out.
|Wedged Food||Carefully remove the drawer and inspect for any wedged food or materials. Clean it and slide the drawer back in.|
|Damaged Drawer||Remove your drawer and check for any form of cracks or crevices. |
If it’s damaged, you might have to replace the drawer entirely.
|Misaligned Drawer||Remove your drawer entirely and carefully align it to the slides. Then slowly insert it back.|
|Broken Rails||Inspect the rails by removing your drawer and checking if the rails are still intact. If they’re not, replace them with newer ones.|
Naturally, ice builds up inside freezers. After all, their main purpose is to freeze and preserve food.
When it comes to stuck drawers, ice build-ups are the main culprit. They’re the primary reason why you can’t pull it out, but luckily, the solution is simple.
Solution: Unplug your freezer and remove all of the contents inside. Doing so will naturally defrost your appliance and prevent the food and beverages from spoiling.
Most Samsung freezers have a built-in defrost mode that thaws the ice. We recommend using it over unplugging your freezer as it’s the safest way to defrost.
To force the defrost mode, simply press and hold both the Fridge and Energy Saver buttons on your freezer door. After a couple of seconds, you should hear a chime sound and the display should say “F’d.”
If you’re unable to open your drawer, chances are, it’s because there’s resistance that’s preventing you to. While ice is the most common cause, pieces of food wedged between the drawer are the second most common.
This happens when the freezer is packed with food and beverages. Some food, especially the smaller ones, falls off the stack and lands between the drawer and its rails.
Solution: Carefully remove the drawer entirely out of the socket. Don’t pull too hard as it may damage and crack the drawer itself — or worse, the rails.
Once it’s out, remove any piece of food you find and slowly insert the drawer back in. Afterward, try and arrange the contents of the freezer to prevent the problem from happening again.
Another common cause for drawers not opening is if it’s damaged in any way. If there’s a crack in your drawer, chances are, it won’t slide smoothly due to the friction.
Cracks are often the result of recklessly opening your drawer, so try and avoid harshly pulling it out. The solutions to damaged drawers are quite the pain, if we may add.
Solution: Remove the drawer entirely and replace it with a new one. When choosing the replacement, find one of the same size.
If you don’t have the budget to replace it, you can try lubricating the rails instead using a spray-dry lubricant or candle wax — even an old bar of soap should do the trick! To do so, slide out the drawer and apply the lubricant on the rails.
Do note that lubricating the rails is simply a band-aid solution. Chances are, the lubricant will wear off and you’d have to do it again.
It may seem like a silly mistake, but some people tend to miss the fact that the drawer is misaligned with the rails. This results in resistance, thus, preventing you from opening the drawer fully.
The most common cause of misaligned drawers is when you fail to slide them in correctly. This usually happens when you clean your fridge and remove all the contents and drawers.
Solution: Carefully remove the crooked drawer by gently pulling it out. Before inserting, make sure that it’s aligned properly with the rails, then simply slide it back in.
If the drawer isn’t the issue, then the rails might be your cause for concern. If even one rail is not intact, you’ll have a hard time pulling your drawer out.
There are plenty of reasons for this issue, but the most common one is simply because the rails are worn out. If your freezer is getting up there in mileage, parts naturally start to wear out and break.
Solution: You’ll need to replace the rails. To do this, remove the drawer and use a screwdriver to unscrew the rails.
Screw the new rails in place and slide your drawer back in.
Make sure the replacement fits your freezer. It might be better to ask for professional help when choosing the new one.
How to Open a Stuck Freezer Door
To open a stuck freezer door, exert as much force as needed, but don’t use too much, as it may damage the door itself. Pull to negate the door’s resistance and vacuum pressure, assuming there aren’t any lingering issues.
Once it’s fully open, check the inside of the freezer to ensure nothing is lingering that might cause difficulty in closing. Afterward, close the door and gently open it again to ensure it works.
Cleaning the Freezer’s Condenser Coil
For the final step, check and clean your freezer’s condenser coil. The coil directly affects your freezer’s performance, so having it brushed or vacuumed helps with something as simple as opening a stuck door.
There are numerous ways to do it, but the common ones involve using a brush and a vacuum.
Solution: Unplug your freezer, then use your brush to gently remove the outer dust and buildup. Afterward, use a vacuum to suck in all the remaining dirt your brush can’t reach.
You can also use a mixture of water and detergent to spray your coils. But make sure you’re wiping it dry afterward so as to not leave any dirt inside.
Unlike most issues, a broken drawer doesn’t affect your freezer’s overall performance. It might be inconvenient, but chances are, you won’t have to replace the entire unit.
We hope this guide helped you determine the causes and fix them yourself. Even though seeking professional help is advisable, the expenses pile up rather quickly if you do.