11:57 AMHow to defrost and maintain a freezer
How to defrost and maintain a freezer
Freezer defrosting and maintenance is one of those household tasks that is not usually considered, but maintenance is essential. Freezers tend to be overstocked with food and should be checked and adjusted regularly. A clean and well-maintained freezer will keep it running smoothly, save food, and reduce energy bills.
How often should the freezer be defrosted?
To maintain the effectiveness of a manual defrost freezer, it should be defrosted every time a quarter of an inch of ice forms on its interior walls. Many people defrost their freezers once a year, but you may find that you need to do this more or less depending on your usage habits. To increase the time between defrosts, try to minimize the amount of time you have the door open. Keeping a freezer inventory list on the door makes it easy to see what you have without having to dig through the freezer.
1. Turn off the freezer
Turn off the freezer and unplug it
Transfer all food from the freezer. Transfer food to refrigerators or another freezer while it thaws. If it is winter and the temperature is below zero, you can temporarily store food on a closed veranda or balcony.
Remove all drawers and ice trays. Place them in the sink to thaw and wash.
4.Remove drain plugs
Locate the freezer drain plugs (both internal and external) and pull them out. If the outside drain is threaded, connect a garden hose and drain the water into a large bucket, floor drain, or outdoor drain. If not, place a pile of old towels on the floor to soak up the water as the ice melts.
5. Let the freezer defrost
Leave the freezer door open and let the food thaw for the next few hours. Follow the process so you can add and remove towels as needed. Don't try to speed up the process by scraping off the ice - this can damage your freezer.
After defrosting the freezer, wipe the inside with an all-purpose cleaner and replace the cap.
7. Reconnect freezer
Plug the freezer back in and set the thermostat to zero.
8. Refill the freezer
When your freezer is back to the right temperature, refill it and you're good to go until next time.
Freezer Defrost Tips
Refer to your freezer manual if you want to speed up the defrosting process. Start by pointing the fan towards the freezer. Mounted high, it will help push cold air out of the freezer so the ice melts faster. On some models, you can also put a pot of hot water in the freezer to speed up the melting. The instruction manual could also include a special scraper.
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