Defrosting a freezer?

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Bettacreek, Apr 14, 2009.

  1. Bettacreek

    Bettacreek Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 7, 2009
    Central Pennsyltucky
    So, my dad gave us an old freezer that stands up, has shelves and opens like a fridge. It's ancient, but works great. My only problem is that it is starting to look like an iceburg in there. It's only supposed to have ice 1/4" or less thick, and in some places, there's "snow" that is probably 4 inches thick. I can't get this stuff out. I've been ice-chipping at it with a flathead screwdriver, but I can't get enough off, and I have to do this every few days. So, how are you actually supposed to manually defrost a freezer? The only thing that I can think of to get it completely is to turn it off and let it all melt out, but, we only have a small fridge freezer, and all of our frozen food won't fit in there, even when we're "running low" and need to go grocery shopping...
  2. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    Pack everything into your smaller freezer or coolers and pack with ice.

    Get you a bunch of old towels and put on the ground around the freezer. Turn it off and prop open the door. Boil a big pot of water or 2. Once it boils, set it on a shelf in the freezer and close the door. come back 10 min. later and do it again. DO NOT use anything sharp to break up the ice!! you could puncture a freon (sp?) line and the freezer is done for.
  3. DuckLady

    DuckLady ~~~Administrator~~~BYC Store Support Staff Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    NE Washington State
    Is it in the garage?

    Just push it outside and do the hot water like said above. The ice will melt fast and not get your garage all wet.
  4. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    You can also break out the blow dryer to speed thing up a bit.
  5. Bettacreek

    Bettacreek Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 7, 2009
    Central Pennsyltucky
    Well, we're in an apartment, so the garage is out. [​IMG] Is there any way I can keep it from leaking on the carpet, or do I have to figure out how I'm going to get it onto the outside stairs and hope nobody complains? No blow-dryer either, lol, but I can do the boiling water trick.
  6. texaschick-a-dee

    texaschick-a-dee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 8, 2008
    Texas coast
    Turning it off and letting it melt is the only way to do it. I wouldn't use anything to "chip away" at the ice, you could puncture the interior lining.
  7. Whispering Winds

    Whispering Winds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:If you can get thick layers of newspapers to lay in it, that will help absorb a lot of the water too. Easier to get out of there without making a big mess on your floor.

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