Defrost the freezer properly - with tried and tested tips

Regular defrosting is part of the care and maintenance of the freezer. If you don't have a No-Frost device, you can't avoid the annoying removal of ice. You can defrost particularly quickly with little tricks. The chest is quickly ready for use again.

Correct spacing

In general, defrosting the chest twice a year is considered sufficient. With older models, new ice forms more quickly and accordingly it has to be defrosted more frequently. Regularly check the formation of ice in the device and do not allow thick layers to form. An ice-free freezer uses less electricity and cools the frozen food reliably at consistently low minus temperatures.

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Fast defrosting

There is some preliminary work to be done before defrosting the freezer. So the chest has to be completely emptied. The frozen food needs to be stored in a frosty place so that its quality does not suffer during the defrosting process.

If the chest is empty and switched off, accelerate the process of melting the ice with a heat source.
To do this, fill the pot, bucket or bowl with water. The water should be hot but not boiling anymore. Place the vessel on the floor of the chest. Then close the lid of the freezer and wait until the heat has spread in the chest.

The ice can also be easily defrosted with a hair dryer. Make sure you keep a large safety distance. If the hair dryer touches the damp walls or the condensation water, you could suffer an electric shock.

Under the influence of heat, the ice begins to thaw on the inner walls and peel off. If this process takes you too long, you can also help here. Use a wooden or plastic spatula to carefully scrape off the ice without bumping into the walls.

Defrosting tips

  • Switch off the thermostat
  • Disconnect the freezer from the electricity and clear it
  • Place a vessel with hot, not boiling water in the chest
  • Line the bottom of the chest with old towels
  • Close the chest lid
  • Peel off thawed ice
  • Remove condensation and soaked towels immediately

Store supplies properly

The cold chain of your frozen food should not be interrupted during defrosting. You should therefore ideally plan a defrosting process in the winter months. If the outside temperature is below zero, you can simply store the frozen food on the balcony or terrace.

In the warmer months of the year, put as many freezer packs as possible in the freezer before the day of defrosting. Then put the food in a cool box together with the cool packs during defrosting. The cool box should be well pre-cooled and operated with electricity. Alternatives are cool bags. Here the frost condition only lasts for a short time.

Tips & Tricks You can carefully scrape away thawed layers of ice on the chest walls with a wooden spatula. You should not use a knife, spatula or screwdriver. The risk of slipping with the rough tool is great. Holes in the chest wall usually mean a total loss of the device.