I was just hoping it wouldn't need to happen so soon.
I'm talking about defrosting the refrigerator.
Growing up my parents owned a frost free refrigerator. The same was true with Ron. In our first apartment together there was a refrigerator included. It was not frost free and we had to defrost it several times during our time in that apartment.
We've been living in Roamin for a couple days shy of two months. Yet, the freezer was needing to be defrosted already.
|freezer compartment showing signs of too much ice|
|there was even ice on the top of the freezer door|
|the fins in the refrigerator were iced over primarily on one side|
The first step is to empty both the refrigerator and the freezer sections. I could have planned this step a little better. Although I defrosted it on the weekend prior to grocery shopping for the week, there was leftovers in the fridge and ice cream in the freezer. Next time I'll plan it just a little bit better.
I put most of the freezer items in a small ice chest. Some foods I will be using in the upcoming week so they were purposefully left out on the counter to thaw. As far as refrigerator items go, I put the milk and other dairy products in the second ice chest. I knew most of the rest of the fridge items would remain cold enough during the defrosting process.
The second step actually took place while I was putting food into the ice chests. That was to turn off the power and leave the doors open. The freezer section didn't have too much frost so it was fairly easy to clean out. I used a rubber spatula and loosened what I could. It had the consistency of freshly fallen snow. Luckily the sink is nearby so I tossed it in there to melt.
|just like fresh snow|
|best place to let it melt|
After a while the ice began to loosen its' grip on the metal fins. As I pulled the icicles off the fins I tossed them into the sink as well. Be sure you're gentle
All in all it took a total of about 4 hours to defrost the freezer and fridge. As I said earlier I will plan my next defrosting session better and have nearly empty compartments.
|so much better :-)|
|looks good in here too :-)|
I'm sure most of you have done this in your own rigs. I'm curious if you have any helpful hints to share? I'm also curious if two months seems like a short time span to need a defrosting?