How to defrost a freezer

To maintain the efficiency of your integrated or freestanding freezer, it is a good idea to defrost your appliance regularly. Depending on the model you own, your appliance may do this automatically. However, you may need to defrost your freezer manually. We’ve put together this handy guide to help you defrost a freezer or fridge freezer.

To defrost your freezer follow these simple steps

  1. Firstly, turn off and unplug your freezer at the wall.
  2. Remove all frozen food from your freezer. To prevent food from thawing, place them in an insulated cooler bag or in another freezer.
  3. Remove all drawers and shelves. Do not force any drawers/shelves out of the freezer as this can cause damage to the appliance.
  4. Place hot water (in bowls or glasses) inside your freezer, making sure you have plenty of towels and a suitable container for the water that will be created from thawing ice.
  5. Wait for the freezer to defrost. This can take a number of hours. Do not try and speed up the process, it is important to leave the appliance to defrost on its own. Using sharp objects to remove ice can damage the appliance.
  6. Whilst the freezer is defrosting, quickly clean the appliance’s interior using a damp cloth.
  7. Before turning your freezer back on, make sure to dry the interior. This will prevent ice-build up when the appliance is turned back on.
  8. Switch your appliance on and wait for the temperature to return. Once again, this may take a number of hours.
  9. Replace any frozen food, making sure to use/discard any defrosted food.

Before defrosting your freezer, it is important to refer to your appliances manual for guidance. If you have misplaced your manual, don't worry you can download your appliance manual here.

How to defrost a fridge freezer: To defrost your fridge freezer, simply follow the above steps. Please note that it is always best to refer to your manual for guidance of how often this should be carried out, as each model may differ.

Why should I defrost my freezer?

Why should I defrost my freezer?

The importance of keeping your freezer clean and ice-free cannot be overstated. By defrosting your freezer you can free up more space for your groceries, whilst also ensuring that your freezer is running at maximum efficiency. Excessive ice acts as an insulator in a freezer, meaning your appliance needs to work harder to keep your food cold. As a result, the lifespan of your appliance may be reduced and your energy bills will increase.

How often should I defrost my freezer to keep it working well?

We recommend defrosting your appliance twice a year or when a frost layer of around 7mm (1/4”) has formed. This will allow the appliance to function correctly and free up any space that the ice may be taking up.

Alternatively, some Beko freezers feature our Frost Free technology. Defrosting the ice build-up in your freezer is a time-consuming and frustrating job. Thanks to our Frost-Free technology you won’t have to worry about manually defrosting your appliance. To discover more, explore our range of Frost-Free freezers.

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