Defrosting Tips For Your Fridge & Freezer

Are you thinking of defrosting method for your freezer or fridge? Then check this out.

Always switch off and unplug the freezer before cleaning or defrosting.

Load the contents of your freezer into large dustbin bags and cover the bags with a duvet or blanket. The food should stay frozen for several hours. But use a cool box for ice cream or soup which melt quickly.

After defrosting, wash fridges and freezers with a solution of two teaspoons of bicarbonate of soda to 1 litre (2 pints) of warm water-it removes lingering smells kenmore refrigerator repair los angeles.

Rub the inside of your freezer with glycerine, available from chemists, after it has defrosted. When you next have to defrost it, the ice will come away from the sides more easily.

Use a wet/dry vacuum cleaner to suck up any water left on the floor.

Defrosting fridge/freezers is much easier with a two-control model. That way, you can use the fridge to keep foodstuffs frozen while you deal with the freezer.

If you do not like defrosting, you can always pay more for a frost-free freezer which never needs it.

Replacing a worn seal

If your fridge door will not close properly, or the inside of the fridge seems warmer than it should be, the seal around the door may have gone. Check it by closing a thin strip of paper in the door. When the door is shut, the paper should be tightly gripped, and should not slide easily.

If you want to change the seal (also known as the gasket) yourself, buy a new one from a stockiest listed in the yellow Pages under ‘refrigerator repairs’. Check with the shop or the manufacturers how to replace it, or call in an engineer.

Is your fridge green enough?

One of the major causes of concern about the world ozone layer is the use of chlorofluorocarbon – chemicals that are used in a fridge insulation and cooling system. New technology has developed a non-chlorofluorocarbon coolant, but how do you get rid of an old fridge or freezer?

If you buy a new fridge or freezer from a major freezer centre, it will probably collect your old one free of charge and remove the chlorofluorocarbon safety before it recycled.

Sell your old fridge, do not scrap it. Or look out for notices in your area telling you who are recycling old fridges. Ask the local authority.

If you are buying a fridge/freezer, look into how energy efficient it is. Some use more electricity than others- the manufacturers will be able to tell you how much – so compare the different models.

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