Every so often, the ice in your freezer will build up and form a thick layer on the walls. When this happens, it’s important to defrost your freezer. This will help the appliance maintain efficiency and give you more space to store your frozen foods.
It is recommended that you defrost your freezer at least once a year or when there is more than a quarter of an inch of ice coating the inside. There are a variety of different ways to defrost a freezer, and they are listed below.
Before undertaking the defrosting task, make sure to empty the freezer and fridge of all food and store that food in a cooler to keep it fresh. After that, make sure you unplug your fridge/freezer so that you aren’t wasting energy because it will want to continue to run.
Let the Ice Melt Naturally
This is the easiest method there is, and it involves unplugging the fridge/freezer, opening the door, and letting the ice melt naturally. This may be easy, but it can take an incredibly long time. If you are impatient, there are other ways to defrost a freezer that take less time.
Place a Bowl full of Hot Water on the Shelves
After boiling some water, place it in a bowl and then place that bowl in the freezer (make sure the bowl is rated to hold boiling water). Close the freezer door and let the steam melt and loosen the ice from the sides of the wall. After half an hour, it should be possible to scrape the ice easily from the walls.
Use an Ice Scraper
If boiling water seems too time consuming, you may consider using an ice scraper to get the ice out of your freezer. This can be labor intensive, but it will get the job done.
Defrosting your freezer is important to ensure that the appliance is running properly, and it’s equally important to have a professional who does residential refrigerator repair inspect it every so often to keep it maintained.
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