If your freezer has a buildup of ice along the walls, you will want to take the time to properly defrost it so you can use it without the risk of your food gaining freezer burn from an excessively cold temperature. Removing this ice will also give you the maximum space for storing your items. If you suspect a problem with the thermostat or controls, you will want to call in a professional to take a look at the appliance to determine why the ice is forming. However, if you noticed the temperature control was just set too low, you can follow these instructions to defrost the freezer on your own.
Empty The Space
When you defrost your freezer, you will not only want to remove things in the freezer itself, but also from the refrigerator portion as you will be cutting power to the entire unit. If it is wintertime and temperatures in your area are below or hovering around freezing, placing food in a box or bag outside will be sufficient if you plan on putting them back in the freezer and refrigerator as soon as it has finished defrosting. If temperatures are too warm, place your food products in insulated bags or a neighbor's refrigerator to keep them chilled.
Increase The Temperature
To remove ice, the temperature inside the freezer needs to be increased. First, protect your floor by placing a tarp under the front portion of your unit as there will be dripping of water involved as the ice melts. Unplug your refrigerator from the wall outlet. Place a boiling pot of water inside the freezer portion of the freezer. Shut it inside for a few minutes to help start the melting process. Open the door when it has cooled off a bit and replace with another boiling pot of water. The steam from the water will help to loosen the hard slabs of ice on the freezer interior walls.
Chip Away At The Ice
Place some distilled white vinegar in a spray bottle and spritz it on the ice on the freezer walls to help loosen it a bit more. Wedge a rubber spatula underneath a slab of ice along a visible edge. Wiggle it around to loosen the ice. As chunks come free from the freezer, place them in a sink to melt. When all the ice has been removed, wipe down the interior of the freezer and the refrigerator with a towel to remove any excess moisture. Plug in the unit and place your food back into your appliance.
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