How to Defrost Upright Freezers

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Many new upright freezers have a defrost setting that allows the freezer to defrost itself automatically, keeping the maintenance of the freezer to a minimum. If your upright freezer begins to develop frost, it should be removed periodically to ensure that the freezer remains in optimum cooling condition. Defrosting your freezer requires planning, as you must have somewhere to put all of the contents of the freezer during the defrost process, such as a cooler or inside another freezer.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Coolers
  • Ice
  • Screwdriver
  • Towels
  • Bucket
  • Warm water
  • Sponge
  • Baking soda
  • Measuring cup

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  1. 1

    Remove all of the freezer contents and store them in another freezer or a cooler full of ice.

  2. 2

    Turn the knob on the freezer's temperature control setting to the "Off" position.

  3. 3

    Remove the bottom grille of the freezer and attach a garden hose to the hose adaptor if your freezer has one. To remove the bottom grille, remove the screws securing the grille to the freezer.

  4. 4

    Place towels on the bottom of the freezer and on the floor to catch the water as it drips.

  5. 5

    Pour buckets of warm water into the freezer to speed the thawing process if the freezer is in a location that will not be damaged by water.

  6. 6

    Remove the towels and replace with new towels as needed.

  7. 7

    Remove the towels and then use a sponge to absorb any remaining water after the freezer has defrosted.

  8. 8

    Clean the inside of the freezer, if desired, using a soft cloth and 1 tbsp of baking soda mixed with 1 qt. of water.

  9. 9

    Wipe the freezer dry with a dry towel to remove any remaining water.

  10. 10

    Turn the freezer temperature control back to the normal setting and allow it to cool. Once the freezer has reached the appropriate temperature, return the food to the cavity.

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