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Freezer - Instructions for Defrosting Manual Defrost Freezers

Manual Defrost model freezers must be defrosted manually. For best operation the freezer should be defrosted when the frost accumulation becomes 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick.

Defrosting Instructions for Upright Freezers:
  1. Turn temperature control to OFF and unplug freezer.
  2. Remove all food and place in corrugated boxes, insulated bags, picnic coolers, etc. Use towels and newspapers for insulation as needed.
  3. Remove drain plug (on models so equipped).
  4. With door open, use pans of hot water to speed loosening of frost. Remove large pieces before they melt.
  5. A drain hose (on models so equipped) located behind the grille carries defrost water out from unit to where it can be drained in a pan. Sponge excess water from bottom of freezer as it collects to prevent overflowing.
  6. After defrosting, clean inside of freezer by wiping down with baking soda and water solution. Rinse and dry.
  7. Be sure to replace drain cap (on models so equipped). Return drain tube to its position and replace grille.
  8. Plug freezer in, return temperature control to normal position and return food to freezer.
Defrosting Instructions for Chest Freezers:
  1. Turn temperature control to OFF and unplug freezer.
  2. Remove all food from freezer. Food may be temporarily stored in large corrugated boxes, insulated bags, picnic coolers, etc. Use towels and newspapers as insulation as needed.
  3. Many GE and HP chest freezers have a convenient drain at the front with hose adaptor. Hose adaptor is packaged in bag in the bottom of freezer. Remove drain cap on front of freezer, insert hose connector and attach hose. After attaching hose, remove drain plug from inside freezer. Sponge remaining moisture from bottom of freezer.
  4. You may speed up the defrosting process by leaving freezer lid open, and removing large, loose, pieces of frost before they melt. You can also add pans of hot water to speed up the process.
  5. After defrosting is complete, rinse interior with baking soda and water solution. Rinse and dry.
  6. Replace drain plug inside freezer and cap on defrost drain (on models so equipped).
  7. Plug freezer in, return temperature control to normal position and return food to freezer.
Note: It is not recommended to use a garden hose to defrost.