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How to prevent Ice Build-Up


Life can be filled with minor inconveniences! One of the biggest annoyances being ice build-up in the freezer. If you often find yourself chiseling chunks of ice onto a laid down towel, nervous to damage your coils but at the same time needing to get at your food, then this is the advice is for you.

Read on to learn the causes of ice build-up and how you can repair these problems from the comfort of your home.

1. Causes
It's not uncommon for freezers with added technology to prevent ice build-up to be affected by this household bane and it's usually not this technology that is faulty. A broken or damaged freezer door seal is the most common cause of ice build-up in your freezer, allowing outside moisture to seep in and become frozen in the cold conditions. Another common culprit is if the door hinges are loose, making the door fit slightly irregularly, outside moisture to flow in. If the ice build-up is only found in the freezer and not the fridge, the problem could be a clogged freezer drain.

2. Problems
One of the most irritating problems caused by ice build-up is the amount of space lost. The ice will also make closing your freezer door properly more difficult and put your food at risk of spoiling. In addition to these two unpleasant situations, ice absorbs bad food smells and pieces of debris that can linger for months.

3. Ice Removal
Before repairing a faulty freezer, remove all the food and store it in a cooler box or where it will not defrost. This is a great opportunity to organise your food, dispose of anything that has expired or has been burnt by the excess cold. 1. Unplug your freezer. 2. Place old towels in front of the door. 3. Place a bowl of boiling water in the freezer, replacing it as it cools down. 4. Use a wooden spoon to help chip away at the more stubborn ice. 5. Once all the ice has been removed, thoroughly dry the inside. 6. Replug and set the temperature dial to the correct setting. 7. Allow the freezer to run for a couple of hours. 8. Store your food back in the correct locations.

4. Repairs
Heavy sheets of solid ice forming in your freezer may require an experienced repairman. However, if it's not that severe, there are a few things to try: 1. Try cleaning your freezer and fridge vents. Dust and grime can affect circulation and is the cause of many fridge and freezer problems. 2. As circulation is important for your appliance's functionality, moving it further from the wall will allow for more airflow around the vents. 3. If the problem persists, carefully examine the rubber lining of your freezer for any gaps and check the security of the door hinges to see if any air is leaking in. Tightening the hinges on your freezer door and replacing the seal is a relatively simple task which won't necessarily require a maintenance man.

Read here and find out how to do these quick fixes yourself:

Once your freezer is defrosted and repaired, organising your frozen foods is a breeze. Remember to always throw away spoiled food and limit the time your freezer door is open.

Now let's get moving and create a fresh new space for you to enjoy.
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