Even though most freezers that you can find at appliance stores are self-defrosting, all freezers may suffer from ice buildup now and then. Keep reading to discover the whys and hows of defrosting your freezer.
Reasons to Defrost Your Freezer
You should manually defrost your freezer if the ice inside becomes ¼-inch thick. Defrosting your freezer can help keep it clean, efficient, and easy to use.
Prepare to Defrost Your Freezer
To get ready for this project, pick up a bag of ice and place this in a cooler large enough to hold all the items in your freezer. Next, collect some clean towels and rags. Also, if your freezer has a drain, then place a container beneath the plug to catch the water that drains out. If the exterior drain plug is threaded, then you can attach a garden hose to it and place the other end of the hose in the container.
How to Defrost Your Freezer
Once you’re ready to begin, start by transferring your frozen goods from the freezer into the cooler. Next, unplug the freezer. Then, if your freezer has a drain, remove both the interior and exterior drain plugs and attach a hose leading to a bucket if necessary. If your freezer does not have a drain, then place several towels in the bottom of the compartment to soak up the water as the ice melts. Lastly, put some rags on the floor outside the freezer to catch any water that may escape. If you want to speed up the defrosting process, then set up a fan to blow outside air into the compartment, but do not attempt to scrape the ice off. Once the ice has melted, clean the freezer compartment, put the drain plugs back in place, plug in the freezer, and close the door. Finally, once the appliance is back to temperature, place your frozen items back inside.
At our home appliance store in Pleasant Hill, Friedmans Appliance boasts a broad range of refrigeration and freezer products for you to choose from. For details about our freezer selection, call (925) 808-2950.