Chest freezers are great for both domestic and commercial properties. They allow you plenty of space to store a variety of frozen foods, and can cut down on problems such as food waste.
However, it is important to remember to take care of your chest freezer. Just like you would for any other appliance. For chest freezers this means that you will need to regularly defrost it.
Here at Capital Cooling we have put together our guide to defrosting your chest freezer.
Sounds obvious, but it is important to remove all of the food from the chest freezer before you start to defrost it. If you can it should be transferred to another freezing unit, however if this isn’t possible then it can be put on ice in a container to make sure that it stay’s fresh.
Unplug and wait
Simply unplugging the freezer alone is enough to defrost it, especially in warmer weather. However, on a colder day it might need to defrost overnight instead. Don’t forget to place a container below the base of the appliance, this will catch the water that drains out.
If you can’t wait then you may want to find a way to speed up the process. A great way to do this is to pour a bucket of warm water into the freezer. However you will need to prepare for this method. The bottom of the freezer will need to be covered with towels to protect it from direct contact with the warm water.
After pouring the water in, close the lid and wait for 5 minutes. This can take a few attempts, especially if the chest freezer is particularly full of ice, and you will need to drain out any water between each refill.
Clean it out
Once all the ice has melted it is time to give your freezer a good old fashioned clean. Wipe down all the interior surfaces with a clean towel, enough to clean it out. If you find that it has a musky, almost damp smell then it is time to bring out the baking soda.
By mixing plenty of powder with a small amount of water you can make a paste, this paste should be applied to all interior surfaces of the chest freezer and left with the lift closed for around half an hour.
After this you should wipe it all clean and dry the entire thing with towels.
There you have it, the simplest way to have a fully defrosted and clean chest freezer, ready for you to replace all that lovely food and keep it safely stored away on ice.