Written by Rick

How do I defrost my freezer and fridge?

Defrosting a freezer or fridge isn't fun, but it is important. Ice buildup doesn't only take space, but every 2 millimeters of buildup increases the energy consumption by about 10%. In other words, a good reason not to postpone defrosting for too long (and to eat everything in your freezer). That's why I've listed a few tips for you.

Defrost your freezer in six steps

  1. Switch off your fridge with the off button, and unplug it.
  2. Empty your freezer and temporarily store your frozen products in another freezer, cooler, or cooler bag, for example. In winter, if it's cold enough, you can also take your food outside.
  3. Put a towel on the bottom to soak up the water.
  4. Wait till all the ice has loosened. You can detach large pieces with a wooden spatula, but be careful: the cooling elements are very fragile.
  5. Dry the freezer compartment with a towel.
  6. Switch the fridge or freezer back on, and put all your frozen products back in the freezer compartment.

How do I speed up the defrosting process?

Defrosting your freezer or fridge can take a while, and we understand you could think of better ways to pass your time. Apart from that, you don't want your frozen products to thaw while you're at work with your freezer. With the tips below, you'll be done a lot faster.

  • Place a pan or bin of boiling water on a coaster on the bottom of your fridge, so the hot vapor will speed up the process.
  • If your freezer has drawers, fill them with hot water and close the door.
  • Place a fan in front of the freezer and let it blow inside. Make sure to put it far enough not to get wet.
  • With a special defrost spray, you'll be done even faster.

Defrost spray

  • Removes ice extra quickly.
  • If you use it regularly, you'll minimize ice buildup.
  • You will have to empty the freezer first.

How do I prevent ice buildup?

Generally, you'll have to defrost your freezer about once a year. To avoid having to do this more often, I've got a few final tips for you:

  • Decide what you want to take out before you open the fridge. The warm, relatively humid outside air will condensate in your freezer and cause a layer of ice.
  • Always close your freezer well. Are you sure it's closed, but do you still get a lot of ice buildup? Check whether the rubber door seals are still in good condition.
  • For a lot of fridge freezer combinations, the freezer compartment is connected to the fridge compartment system. If you leave the door fo the fridge compartment open for too long, or if you don't fully close it, your freezer will start cooling down too, with bad ice buildup as a result.
  • Is there frost on the back wall of your fridge? Make sure the temperature is set correctly and the vents are open and dust free, so the fridge can exhaust its heat. Make sure to also check the condenser drain for blockages. You can find the condenser drain at the bottom of the fridge compartment.

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