How do I thaw a freezer

Defrost the freezer

Older freezers in particular suffer from the formation of ice on the side walls, but also on the food. This is primarily due to the moisture that forms inside the device due to the cold air. Ice cream is not only annoying because of the limited space in the freezer, it also has a major impact on the electricity bill. It blocks the cooling channels and lowers the temperature of the freezer. This means that the cooling unit has to work harder to cool to the set temperature. A freezer can use up to 50% more electricity as a result, which can be clearly seen on the electricity bill.

Our guide will give you useful tips on how to defrost your freezer quickly and remove the ice.

Store food safely

While you can often store the food in cooler regions when defrosting the refrigerator, you urgently need sub-zero temperatures for frozen food. You should therefore wait until winter when the temperature drops below zero before defrosting. This enables you to store your food on the balcony or terrace, where the outside temperature prevents it from defrosting.

Alternatively, transportable cool boxes are a wonderful option, as they offer enough space and keep the food cold for a long time. With mobile models, make sure that the cool box can draw in sufficient fresh air. Especially cheap models do not manage to generate enough fresh air for cooling on hot days. In addition, the cooling unit or the ventilation can quickly overheat if it is running at full load on warm days. The safest place for the cool bag or cool box is the cool cellar or other areas where the temperatures do not rise too much, even in spring and summer.

It is much easier and safer to store them with your nice neighbors. If he offers you enough space in his freezer, you have enough time to defrost your freezer.

Important first steps

When the food is safely stored in a cool box or with the neighbor, it can start defrosting the freezer. However, before you begin removing the ice, be sure to unplug the freezer from the electrical outlet. Alternatively, an on / off switch is an equally good way to deactivate your freezer.

When you defrost your freezer, its door remains open permanently, which means that the cooling unit would have to work continuously when the device is activated. This would lead to overloading and very expensive or even irreparable damage after a short time.

Collecting the defrost water

In order not to flood your kitchen or pantry with the defrosted water, you should take precautions to catch the water that is created during defrosting. But don't worry, numerous manufacturers and hardware stores have useful utensils ready for you. For example, you can get special collecting mats that can hold numerous liters of water. Place these under and in front of the freezer. The price of the mats, which can be used several times, is between € 10 and € 15. This gives you a wonderful and easy way to quickly remove the condensation.

If you don't want to buy any equipment, large towels or tea towels are also suitable for catching the water - but note their low absorbency. In addition to special collecting mats and conventional towels, bowls or small collecting basins are also suitable for disposing of the water. Place them on the bottom of your device and wait for them to fill up with water. This is the easiest and fastest variant and works without a lot of effort, investment or wet towels.

Remove large areas of ice

You have the option of waiting for the entire freezer to defrost, which can take a few hours, or you can remove the largest areas of ice by hand. It is important to note that it is easiest to remove when the ice has already thawed a little. To do this, fill a saucepan or bowl with boiling water and put the whole thing in the freezer. The hot steam ensures that large areas of ice are thawed at lightning speed. You can defrost the entire cabinet by yourself, or you can knock off individual ice sheets with a blunt object. Never use sharp metal objects as these can easily damage the freezer. Even the smallest cracks can ensure that the device no longer cools satisfactorily!

A faster, but somewhat more uncomfortable alternative to hot water is the hair dryer. Make sure that you keep it far enough away from ice and water so that no moisture can get into the hair dryer. A short circuit can not only mean the end of the hair dryer, it can also cause injuries to you!

A thorough cleaning does no harm

Freezers are less likely to get dirty than refrigerators because frozen food or drinks cannot leak as quickly. Mold and bacteria are also a rarity due to the low temperatures. However, thorough cleaning after defrosting will not do any harm in order to dispose of any leftover food from inside the freezer. For this you usually do not need any chemicals in the form of strong cleaning agents, but can use classic home remedies.

In most cases, it is sufficient to mix a cup of vinegar essence or citric acid with a little warm water and use it to thoroughly clean the freezer. The advantage of citric acid is the fresh and pleasant smell of the device after cleaning, which even stays in the freezer for some time. If you do use vinegar, we recommend that you ventilate the freezer for a few hours after cleaning to remove the vinegar smell from inside.

Not just a good austerity

As soon as large areas of ice appear on the freezer, it is advisable to remove them from the device. This not only lowers the electricity bill, but you can also thoroughly clean the cabinet. While new models already offer a function that transports moist air to the outside, older devices form ice again after just a few months.

Many housewives therefore swear by using a cloth or rag to spread some olive or sunflower oil on the side walls of the cupboard. This makes it difficult for water and ice crystals to settle and you have to defrost the freezer less often.

Do not refill the freezer with food until it has reached the required temperature. Depending on the model, this can take 30 to 60 minutes.

Finally, put your groceries back in the freezer. but only when it has reached its normal temperature.

Reasons for defrosting the freezer

  • Lowering the electricity consumption
  • Relief of the cooling unit
  • Cleaning the compartments and inside

Checklist: Defrost Freezer

  • Store and cool food (in winter also possible on the balcony)
  • Unplug the freezer from the power supply before defrosting
  • Defrost large areas of ice with a hairdryer or a saucepan full of hot water
  • Remove ice with a blunt, non-metallic object
  • Catch defrost water with cloths, collecting mats or bowls
  • Clean the freezer with the home remedies vinegar, citric acid and hot water
  • Brush the interior with a little oil to delay the formation of new ice
  • Connect the freezer to the mains and put the food back in the oven after about an hour