Q. How do I manually defrost my refrigerator/freezer?
A. If your refrigerator/freezer has stopped keeping your food cold, you may just need to manually defrost it without the cost of purchasing additional parts. Here are some steps to take when manually defrosting:
● Remove everything from your refrigerator and freezer. Perhaps ask a friend, neighbour or family member if you can temporarily store items in theirs. You don’t need to leave both your refrigerator and freezer door open. If you clean out the freezer and unplug or turn it off, just leave the freezer door open. The defrosting process should take about 10-12 hours to complete. It’s best to do this at bedtime, so you can turn your freezer back on and close it in the morning.
● Because there will be melting water from the defrosting, plan ahead for extra moisture around your refrigerator – place towels around it.
● Be sure to unplug your refrigerator/freezer! There should be a back panel on your freezer’s back wall.
● Once you’ve removed the screws holding the back panel in place, you should notice a frozen block of ice that will be across your freezer’s back wall. The longer your problem has occurred, the less likely you will be able to see the refrigerator’s coils. Your goal is to melt all of this ice.
● Once all of the ice has melted, replace the back panel and plug your refrigerator back in. Adjust your temperature setting to medium and wait and see if this has corrected your issue. If your refrigerator doesn’t seem to be working properly within the next few days, give us a call and we’ll be more than happy to come out and take a look at it!