Defrosting your fridge freezer – Don’t use an ice pick!

By , October 27, 2010 11:25 am

If you’re considering trying to speed up the defrosting process of your freezer making your own ice pick could ruin your freezer altogether. If you one of the many people that use a hair dryer you could end up electrocuting yourself or even damaging the safety cut outs in the freezer. As a repair specialist on all types of appliances I get many embarrassed and frustrated service related calls from people that wanted to speed up the defrost rather than turn of the freezer and leaving the doors open. Although this process is slow, it is the one that works without damaging the appliance. (Make sure you have plenty of towels to mop up the melted water)

Some people recommend placing a bowl of boiling water in to the freezer compartment and leaving the door shut. As long as you don’t start chipping away with your handmade ice pick you shouldn’t need to call out an engineer or purchase a NEW freezer.

You may also consider using a specialist de-icer; you can normally find this type of product online or in something like the Kleeneze or Betterware catalogue.

When the ice becomes loose you can normally start to remove chunks by hand, this will save several hours of defrosting time. When you have cleaned the inside with a damp cloth and a little bicarbonate of soda you can plug in the freezer and wait for it to get back to that freezing point again. (This can take 24 hours) so speeding up the defrosting process is pointless really.

You should defrost your freezer whenever the ice becomes thick or you have trouble removing the baskets from each compartment. Normally we recommend to our customers around once per year.

If you are buying a new fridge freezer you can now buy one that is frost-free, this make life so much easier as it save you having to defrost the freezer manually.

If you have a freezer that is not reaching the required temperature you may find it has a gas leak.  It might be not be too expensive to get it fixed and might just require a re-gas.

We specialise in saving you money with our essential repair service including washing machine repair, dishwasher repair, tumble dryer repair, electric and gas cooker repair, fridge and freezer repair. Covering all brands and manufacturers including: Electrolux, Indesit, Zanussi, Ariston, AEG, Hotpoint, Miele, NEFF, Hoover, Bosch, Candy, Beko and many more.

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