Your browser isn't supported
It looks like you're using an old web browser. To get the most out of the site and to ensure guides display correctly, we suggest upgrading your browser now. Download the latest:

Welcome to the MSE Forums

We're home to a fantastic community of MoneySavers but anyone can post. Please exercise caution & report spam, illegal, offensive or libellous posts/messages: click "report" or email forumteam@. Skimlinks & other affiliated links are turned on

Search
  • FIRST POST
    • humfer
    • By humfer 1st Sep 06, 11:33 AM
    • 1,746Posts
    • 288Thanks
    humfer
    How do you defrost a freezer?
    • #1
    • 1st Sep 06, 11:33 AM
    How do you defrost a freezer? 1st Sep 06 at 11:33 AM
    I know this is going to sound very very silly, but I have no idea!! I have a integrated fridge/freezer which means I cannot get to the plug (even if I knew where it was!!). Apart from using hot water or leaving the door open whats the best way to defrost the freezer part?
Page 1
  • Skiduck
    • #2
    • 1st Sep 06, 11:36 AM
    • #2
    • 1st Sep 06, 11:36 AM
    put all your groceries, frozen and fresh in a duvet, wrap them all up.
    Defrost the fridge freezer. Don't worry, your produce will stay frozen and cold for a fair few hours.
  • miketebb
    • #3
    • 1st Sep 06, 11:41 AM
    • #3
    • 1st Sep 06, 11:41 AM
    I think you've said it yourself really. If you can't find the plug at the back of a cupboard/draw housing then the best way is to put a dish of boiling water in for a few minutes to loosen the ice.

    Then a bit of brute force should do the trick.

    As the previous post said your food will stay frozen for a while if you wrap it up (newspaper is another option).
    Some people get so rich they lose all respect for humanity.
    That's how rich I want to be.

    But until then - best wishes - Mike.
  • DrFluffy
    • #4
    • 1st Sep 06, 11:45 AM
    • #4
    • 1st Sep 06, 11:45 AM
    Is their an internal temp control and switch? If so, turn these off. Or turn off the mains power... Remember to put towels down!
    April Grocery Challenge 81/120
    • Lord_Gardener
    • By Lord_Gardener 1st Sep 06, 12:41 PM
    • 2,935 Posts
    • 913 Thanks
    Lord_Gardener
    • #5
    • 1st Sep 06, 12:41 PM
    • #5
    • 1st Sep 06, 12:41 PM
    Or you could try a De-icer spray like this for quick results!

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/FRIDGE-FREEZER-DE-ICER-SPRAY-200ML-BY-TABLEAU_W0QQitemZ120024066205QQihZ002QQcategoryZ11 2596QQssPageNameZWD1VQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
  • Bob63
    • #6
    • 1st Sep 06, 1:36 PM
    • #6
    • 1st Sep 06, 1:36 PM
    A hair dryer with a directional nozzle works a treat. Just don't get it wet!! Melt off the edge of some ice, then use a wooden spatula to slide into the gaps between the ice & the freezer to lever off big slabs.

    Mike
    • B33fy
    • By B33fy 1st Sep 06, 1:46 PM
    • 172 Posts
    • 77 Thanks
    B33fy
    • #7
    • 1st Sep 06, 1:46 PM
    • #7
    • 1st Sep 06, 1:46 PM
    Just be careful the OH used a rolling pin and knife which she managed to drive through a channel which carried the freon gas and then asked what was the hissing sound!!!
  • skintarooney
    • #8
    • 1st Sep 06, 2:09 PM
    • #8
    • 1st Sep 06, 2:09 PM
    I always use one of those steam cleaners with the direct jet on. You know the one I mean? They are often advertised on TV for about £20-30 quid.
    (I didn't pay that though, I just go and borrow my mums!! lol)

    They work a treat, very quick and no danger of puncturing/breaking anything!!
    • silvercar
    • By silvercar 1st Sep 06, 3:35 PM
    • 33,239 Posts
    • 138,357 Thanks
    silvercar
    • #9
    • 1st Sep 06, 3:35 PM
    • #9
    • 1st Sep 06, 3:35 PM
    For safety sake you really need to find where the plug point is sited. Often it will be inside an adjacent cupboard or in a fused box above worktop level near the fridge/ freezer.
    • humfer
    • By humfer 30th Sep 06, 4:55 PM
    • 1,746 Posts
    • 288 Thanks
    humfer
    Got sick of waiting with the hot water idea so have just turned the dial in the fridge part of the fridge/freezer off. Everything has turned off and now a strange noise is coming from freezer - assume defrosting. Got a but worried and turned the dial in the fridge part to on again and the light comes on but nothing else happens - is there a delay until it starts refriderating again or have I done something wrong here?>
    • georgiac
    • By georgiac 1st Oct 06, 10:02 PM
    • 1,085 Posts
    • 501 Thanks
    georgiac
    ...........Then a bit of brute force should do the trick.
    by miketebb
    I've just defrosted mine, now I'm looking to buy one without gas/steam billowing out at me:confused:

    Everything was going great until I decided to "ease" the last chunk of ice out -whoops. If using brute force I'd suggest not using sharp kitchen knife.

    My questions - does anyone know if the gas is dangerous to my family - sod the enviroment? Sorry very unPC, but family comes first.

    does anyone know how to dispose of an old freezer?

    any bargains around for a new integrated freezer at the mo????
    • Cinders2001
    • By Cinders2001 1st Oct 06, 11:40 PM
    • 1,308 Posts
    • 868 Thanks
    Cinders2001
    #11 try this: http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/blfreon.htm

    "Because Freon is non-toxic, it eliminated the danger posed by refrigerator leaks. In just a few years, compressor refrigerators using Freon would become the standard for almost all home kitchens."

    If its a new ish one then its ok. If its megga old then stand well clear!
    ** Freebies and money saved with the help of you all? - Don't know ....lost count! **

    Thank you costs nothing but means a lot. That's why I thank all posts I like!
    • Cinders2001
    • By Cinders2001 1st Oct 06, 11:41 PM
    • 1,308 Posts
    • 868 Thanks
    Cinders2001
    Oh, and disposing of the old one.....here in Somerset they will take them at a recycling depot. Try yours.
    ** Freebies and money saved with the help of you all? - Don't know ....lost count! **

    Thank you costs nothing but means a lot. That's why I thank all posts I like!
  • ailuro2
    Add some salt to the ice to get it going on the melting point front.

    Be very careful with the hairdryer, I also ruined a freezer with one of these.

    The wooden spatula works well once the freezer has started to warm a little-it comes off in lumps instead of hacking away for hours.

    I got a frost free freezer a few years ago, because this was my most hated task
    Member of the first Mortgage Free in 3 challenge, no.19
    Balance 19th April '07 = minus 27,640
    Balance 1st November '09 = mortgage paid off with 1903 left over. Title deeds are now ours.
Welcome to our new Forum!

Our aim's to save you money quickly and easily. We hope you like it!

Forum Team Contact us

Live Stats

3,324Posts Today

6,487Users online

Martin's Twitter