Spring – Spring Clean Your Freezer—Defrost it!

Benefits Summary:

  • Help your freezer run more efficiently.
  • Lower your electric bill.

When ice has built up to ¼ of an inch, it’s time to defrost. Defrosting the freezer is not a difficult task, but be sure to set aside several hours to accomplish it completely. It’s best to defrost a freezer that is empty or nearly empty, so plan to use up your inventory before your target day.

When you’re ready to clean, follow these easy steps:

  1. Remove all contents. Ideally, move them to another freezer. If that isn’t possible, wrap them in butcher paper or newspaper to trap the cold and store them in a separate refrigerator or cooler.
  2. Unplug the freezer.
  3. Place bowls or pan of boiling water inside the freezer. Close the door or lid. Check every fifteen minutes.
  4. Once it has begun to melt, remove all ice and water.
  5. Wash the interior of the freezer.
  6. Dry the interior with a towel.
  7. Plug the freezer back in.
  8. Allow the unit to cool for at least 30 minutes.
  9. Return your items to the freezer.

Defrosting will increase your freezer’s efficiency and lower your electric bill!