How Long Does It Take for a Deep Freezer to Start Working After Defrosting It?
Dec 09, 2016
Defrosting a deep freezer isn't exactly a fun job, but it's a necessary one. While many newer freezers are "frost-free," older styles require periodically removing ice the old-fashioned way: removing the contents and melting, scraping or cussing the ice. (Okay, cussing won't get the job done, but it may make you feel better.) Once the ice is gone and the interior wiped down, it'll take some time for it to cool to the proper
Stabilized Freezer Temperature
During your defrosting ritual, your freezer temperature will warm up -- it's the only way to get the ice to melt so you can remove it. However, each person's methods, the temperature of the air surrounding it, and even the type of freezer itself can slightly influence how much the freezer warms. Defrosting a freezer in the middle of a sweltering summer day, for instance, will likely produce a much warmer freezer interior than doing it on a cool winter day when the air temperature is much lower. Once you plug in the freezer afterwards, it immediately begins to run and cool. As with a brand new freezer, it will take several hours for the temperature to stabilize at 0 degrees Fahrenheit. Replacing frozen foods after the first 20 or 30 minutes will help lower the temperature more, similar to adding ice to a cooler. It may take anywhere from 4 to 12 hours to reach and stay the proper temperature, however. Use a thermometer to monitor the freezer temperature and determine the time needed for subsequent defrosts.