TechUnlocking your freezer's full potential: steps to defrost correctly and why you should do it

Unlocking your freezer's full potential: steps to defrost correctly and why you should do it

Almost every freezer has this.
Almost every freezer has this.
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7:41 AM EST, January 13, 2024

As freezers differ significantly, each device requires an individual approach. Initially, you should determine whether your freezer includes the "No Frost" feature. Many manufacturers install this feature which means you won't have to worry about ice accumulation. However, if you own an older freezer model, you will need to defrost it regularly.

What makes defrosting the freezer essential?

If you've noticed that the drawers in your freezer are not closing properly or there's a thick layer of frost on the walls, it indicates that it's time to defrost your appliance. Frequently, we decide to defrost only when something becomes inconvenient. Optimally, though, the defrosting process should occur at least once every three months.

No-ice appliances consume less energy and experience fewer breakdowns. Less energy consumption translates to lower utility bills, and the freezer is one of the more power-hungry devices. Furthermore, food stored in a clean freezer tends to spoil less rapidly and often tastes better. If it's been a while since you last defrosted your freezer, now might be a good time to consider it.

Notably, winter weather can make defrosting more convenient. Freezer contents can be set outside or placed on a balcony during the defrosting process, ensuring ice cream or frozen vegetables, for instance, remain frozen.

What's the correct way to defrost a freezer?

There's one key aspect to focus on. To begin the defrosting process, empty all the shelves first, open the door, and then unplug the device from the power source (alternatively, you can switch off the breakers if accessing the power cord proves difficult).

After disconnecting power, many people leave the freezer to let the ice melt naturally. However, it’s worth noting that most freezers include a special valve or funnel at the bottom, designed to drain the excess water. When defrosting begins, you’ll need to open or extract this feature. Its purpose is water drainage. The location and appearance of this funnel depend on the freezer model, so refer to your user manual or look for it inside the empty freezer. Remember, though, it's possible your device doesn't include this feature.

Next, position a container under the funnel to capture the water. An oven tray, which can partially fit under the freezer, works best for this. Protect the floor with a towel to avoid any spillage. Depending on the amount of frost in the freezer, you may need a large container.

Once all the ice has melted, clean the inside of the freezer with dishwashing liquid, dry it thoroughly, and return the drawers to their places. Then reconnect the power (or switch the breakers back on). By following these steps, you've effectively defrosted your freezer. Now, your appliance is properly prepared for the upcoming months.

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