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How do you defrost a freezer?
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Old 01-09-2006, 11:33 AM
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Default How do you defrost a freezer?

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?
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Old 01-09-2006, 11:36 AM
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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.
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Old 01-09-2006, 11:41 AM
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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).
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Old 01-09-2006, 11:45 AM
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Is their an internal temp control and switch? If so, turn these off. Or turn off the mains power... Remember to put towels down!
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Old 01-09-2006, 12:41 PM
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Or you could try a De-icer spray like this for quick results!

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/FRIDGE-FREEZER...QQcmdZViewItem
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Old 01-09-2006, 1:36 PM
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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.

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Old 01-09-2006, 1:46 PM
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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!!!
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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!!
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Old 01-09-2006, 3:35 PM
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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.
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Old 30-09-2006, 4:55 PM
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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?>
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Old 01-10-2006, 10:02 PM
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...........Then a bit of brute force should do the trick.
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????
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Old 01-10-2006, 11:40 PM
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#11 try this: http://inventors.about.com/library/i...rs/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!
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Oh, and disposing of the old one.....here in Somerset they will take them at a recycling depot. Try yours.
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Old 02-10-2006, 11:21 AM
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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
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