Chest Freezers - Manual Defrosting Instructions

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 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. Some GE and Hotpoint chest freezers have a convenient drain at the front with hose adaptor. Check Owner's Manual for specific model information. Download a copy of the Owner's Manual.
  4. For models that come with a hose adaptor, it is normally packaged in a 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.
  5. 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.
  6. After defrosting is complete, rinse interior with baking soda and water solution. Rinse and dry.
  7. Replace drain plug inside freezer and cap on defrost drain (on models so equipped).
  8. 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

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