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Guidance on How to Defrost Your Freezer

Many modern freezers have a self-defrost feature to prevent ice formation. But if you have an older freezer, you should do this task manually. Removing ice off the walls of your unit helps it run more effectively. It also restores freezer space, so you have more room for frozen lunches and ice creams. If it’s beginning to look like Arctic tundra, use these tips to defrost your freezer easily and quickly.

Prep Work

Before you start removing ice build-up, you should prepare the freezer. Here’s how:

  • Remove all the products from the freezer, and store them in a cooler place or second freezer while you work. 
  • Unplug the freezer and leave the door open. Fold old towels inside and under the freezer to absorb water when the ice melts.

How to Defrost a Freezer

You have several options to persuade the ice inside the freezer to melt:

  • Leave the freezer to defrost by itself: As long as your frozen food is in the second freezer and is not in danger of melting, there is no need to rush the process. Simply leave the freezer door open overnight while your towels dip up the water. 
  • Put a pot of boiled water in the freezer: Steam causes thick chunks of ice to loosen faster. Just make sure you put the pot on a towel or something else to avoid damaging the refrigerator shelves. Warm up the water every 15 minutes to keep the impulse going.
  • Point the hairdryer at the ice: make sure that dripping water does not contact the hairdryer to avoid electric shock. 

NOTE: Do not hit the ice with sharp objects, such as a knife, because this can blow a hole in the freezer wall. If you need to scrape off the melting ice, use a plastic rake instead.

Take an Inventory of Your Frozen Products

Examine your inventory food, and reject anything that is mysterious or past its expiration date. Food being frozen can still go bad. To slow the ice formation, do not overfill your freezer. Your freezer will operate efficiently when you perform this tip.

Clean the Refrigerator and Freezer

Remove ice chunks as they fall off the freezer walls and put them in the kitchen sink to melt. Once your freezer is completely melted from ice, give it a nice cleaning with a soapy washcloth. Wipe down the door seals to make sure the door closes tightly for more efficiency. Wash and dry the inside thoroughly before resupplying it and plugging the freezer back in.

If you got tired of defrosting your old freezer with high monthly bills, it might be time for upgrading to a new high-efficiency freezer. 

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