If You Have Frost in Your Freezer, This is What it Means
Have you ever opened your freezer and found everything in it covered in ice? This freezes and can cause various problems. Freezer ice isn't just ugly.
This can affect the quality of food, cause an unpleasant odor, and even weaken the efficiency of your freezer. But there are ways to combat it.
Ice buildup in the freezer can cause a wide variety of problems for the appliance and the food stored in it. But do you know what causes frost and, better yet, how to avoid it? By the way, this is the temperature your freezer should be at.
What's Freezer Frost and what causes it?
The frozen moisture that builds upon the interior walls and shelves of your appliance is commonly known as frostbite. This occurs when "moisture comes in contact with the evaporator coils inside the freezer and freezes," according to General Electric.
Moisture collects on the evaporator coils in some way. Leaving the freezer door open for a long time is probably the most common. A worn or damaged gasket (the door seal) will allow warm air to enter and cool air to escape, contributing to freezing in the freezer.
Hot food placed in the freezer can also produce moisture, causing ice to build up. Other sources include faulty defrost timers, heaters, and thermostats, according to GE.
The negative impacts of the frost
It is important to take action if you notice ice buildup in your freezer. Here's what happens if you don't:
- Reduced storage space in the freezer.
- A foul odor.
- "Freezer burn", those crystals that give a strange taste to food.
- Damage to the device.
Elimination and prevention of freezer frost:
To remove the ice from the freezer, unplug your appliance and wait for the ice to melt, according to the Summit Appliance. Then wipe off the moisture, let everything dry, and reconnect the device. Do not scrape the ice with a knife or any other sharp object. This could damage the device and the object you are using.
Here are some prevention tips to avoid freezer frost:
- Do not open the freezer door more than necessary.
- Periodically check if the gasket is damaged.
- Check again to make sure the freezer door closes completely.
- Put only refrigerated food in the freezer.
- Do not place the freezer near hot appliances such as ovens, dryers, or water heaters.
- Leave space between the back of the freezer and the wall.
- Make sure the freezer is set to the proper temperature.
- Fill your thawed freezer with these easy-to-freeze meals.
We hope you enjoy watching this video about fixing freezer frost:
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