Defrosting is an essential step to ensure that your freezer is optimally maintained and that the food stored inside is still within the prescribed freshness date. It is often one crucial task that can take a big chunk of our time due to the number of steps involved.
There a way to quickly defrost the freezer?
1. Remove all remaining contents inside the freezer, including baskets or other compartments.
It is always best to plan before defrosting so that you don’t get stressed about the amount of food you would have to take out of the freezer before defrosting. Food taken out should be immediately placed in more excellent storage areas by either moving them in your fridge freezer if you have space or prepare coolers filled with ice.
2. Turn off and unplug the freezer
Refer to your freezer manual to check for specific steps to follow. But overall, once all the contents have been removed, look for the switch to turn off the appliance before unplugging the freezer.
3. Remove the drain plug and attach the drain hose adapter with the drain hose
Make sure to follow this step before the ice melts entirely so that you get to defrost tidily without making any water mess. You can either drain the water coming from the freezer by putting the end of the drain hose into a pail or large basin.
Use a plastic scraper when removing the frost buildup as shown in the video above. Using a knife or ice pick can damage the internal panels. Also, make sure to keep the door open so that ice will melt faster.
5. Drain the water and other melted ice, consequently drying the freezer compartment
Once all the ice build-up has been removed and melted as well as ice drained, clean the inner compartment, and completely dry the freezer compartment. By this time, you can also wash the plastic bins and dry them accordingly as these would have approximated the room temperature.
6. Remove the drain hose and replace the drain plug
Remove the drain hose set up and plug the drain hole using the freezer drain plug. Make sure not to forget this step, as you don’t want to leave an opening to your otherwise closed freezer system for several reasons.
7. Return the baskets or plastic compartments and turn the freezer on after re-plugging
Once the freezer is cleaned up, return the baskets and other compartments and turn on the appliance.