3 Step Guide to Defrost A Commercial Chest Freezer

3 Step Guide to Defrost A Commercial Chest Freezer

January 5, 2019 0 By Mark Potter

Freezers are an integral part of many businesses especially food businesses. The freezers keep the food fresh and nutritious for a long time. The freezers can offer the perfect storage conditions. The commercial chest freezer offers perfect storage solution to businesses as it has generous storage space to offer. They are also effective in reducing food waste and saving money.

If you want to keep the chest freezers functioning efficiently then you will have to take good care of it. The chest freezers do not come with the auto-defrost feature. You have to manually defrost the freezers regularly so that it can function efficiently. Without defrosting, the ice buildup on the freezer will have a negative impact on its performance.

Here is a guide that can help you in defrosting the chest freezer.

First Step: Emptying the Commercial Chest Freezer:

Manual defrosting is a time-consuming activity so you will have to ensure the safety of the food products. You do not want everything melting and dripping inside the freezer and making more mess. Make sure that you empty the freezer before you start defrosting. If you have extra storage space then you should transfer the food products to another freezer. If you do not have extra freezer space then you can fill a container with ice and put the food products in it. It will keep the products fresh and usable.

Second Step: Unplugging and Waiting:

When you are defrosting you have to make sure that it is safe. Make sure that you unplug the appliance but in winter weather you will have to give time to the freezer to defrost. You need to place a container under the base of the appliance unless you want it standing in a puddle. The container will gather all the water that drains as the freezer defrosts. During the cold weather defrosting can take a long time and you will have to wait sometimes overnight to complete the process.

If you have food products that you cannot leave out of freezer overnight then there are ways to speed up the defrosting process. You can pour a bucket of warm water into the freezer and it will melt the ice cream. Do not use boiling water as it can damage the interior. You will also need to cover the bottom of the freezer with towels so it does not come in direct contact with the warm water. After pouring the water you should close the lid for five minutes so that it can melt ice. You may have to repeat the process a few times depending on the ice buildup.

Third Step: Clean Up the Freezer:

Once all the ice melts you will have to clean it up properly before you put the food products back in. Wipe down the interior by using a soft cloth so that you do not damage the surface. If there is a damp or musty smell then you can use baking soda as it gets rid of bad smell. Use baking soda and water mixture and it will make the appliance smell fresh as new.

Once the appliance is dry you will have a clean and efficient chest freezer, ready to use again.

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