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How to Manually Defrost the Refrigerator

Posted by: Jacob Hoffmeister 7 years, 2 months ago


When your refrigerator doesn’t defrost properly, it causes the compressor to wear out more quickly and can result in other problems requiring professional repair. Here’s how to manually and safely defrost your refrigerator

  • Make sure that the freezer is switched off and unplugged.
  • Remove all foods and containers from inside the freezer. If you don’t want your frozen goods to thaw, wrap them in a cooling bag and store in a cool area.
  • If you want to clean your refrigerator, now is the best time to do so. Most of the drawers, shelves, and trays inside of your refrigerator are removable for easy cleaning. Scrub each of these with warm water and liquid dish soap. Let them air dry.
  • Clean the interior with a multisurface spray. If your refrigerator has an odor, you can clean it by sprinkling baking soda on a sponge to clean the interior.
  • To prevent water damage, place towels around your refrigerator.
  • Check on the refrigerator after 15 to 20 minutes. If there are any lumps of ice clinging to the walls, knock them out.Leave the freezer to completely defrost. This should take several hours.
  • The towels at the base should be soggy now. Roll them up and discard, then lay out a new layer.
  • You can now return the drawers, ice trays, and food in their respective places.
  • Close the door then turn the switch on. You now have a clean, defrosted fridge.

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