As time went on, a thick layer of ice can build up on the inside of freezers. This reduces the efficiency of the appliance, adds to your electricity bill and also makes it tricky to get things in and out. If the freezer is a manual defrost model one, we must defrost the freezer manually. How?
1. Turn off the freezer. Turn temperature control to OFF and unplug freezer. Doing so will prevent the freezer from using too much power while the process is going.
2. Empty the freezer as much as possible. Remove all food and place in corrugated boxes, insulated bags, another freezer, and etc. Store thess in the coldest area, away from direct sunlight.
3. Take out shelves, trays, and drawers when possible, and set these aside for cleaning.
4. Remove drain plug (on models so equipped).
5. Look for a drainage hose(on models so equipped). It carries defrost water out from unit to where it can be drained in a pan.
6. Defrost the freezer. There are a few different ways to defrost a freezer, each with benefits and downsides.
1) Waiting for the ice to melt. This is the safest way to get the job done, but it is slow.
2) With door open, use pans(or bowls) of hot water to speed loosening of frost. And remove large pieces before they melt. Then close the door(change a pot of hot water if need to). The steam should loosen the ice, letting you remove all of the ice by hand after about 20 minutes, if you defrost regularly. However, this method may
cause damage to the shelves. To reduce the chance of causing damage, put a thickly folded towel under the pot on the shelf.
3) Use a fan. Using a fan can help circulate warmer air into freezer, but this only works if it’s decently warm in your store(or mall).
4) Use a hairdryer. When you use this way, make sure to stand clear of the water puddle and keep the cord and hairdryer away from any water or ice. You should also not get the end of the dryer too close to the coils or sides of the freezer, since the high heat can damage the unit. The high heat can also damage the plastic
inside your freezer. Focus on one small area at a time.
5) Use a hot cloth. You can use a rag dipped in very hot water to loosen some of the ice. Focus on small chunks at the edges, grabbing and wiping at the ice to remove it.
When you remove the ice, do not use a sharp object such as a pick or knife to loosen chunks of ice. This can damage your freezer or even cause a gas leak.
7. After defrosting, clean inside of freezer by wiping down with baking soda and water solution. Rinse and dry.
8. Return drainage hose to its position.
9. Check the seal. Take the opportunity to check the seal on the freezer. A poor seal is usually what leads to serious build-up of frost.
10. Plug freezer in, return temperature control to normal position and return food to freezer.
If you want to make the process much faster and keep your food from spoiling, defrost more often. Don’t wait so long to defrost your freezer in the future, defrosting when there is only 1/4″ or less of ice.