Frost build up in your freezer takes up valuable storage space and makes getting a good closure seal difficult. The results can be food loss and smelly ice accumulation. Even a frost-free appliance can over-frost under the right conditions. Unloading your freezer and removing ice takes up time and could cost you money; so take a proactive approach to this common appliance problem. Educate family members on how to fill and use your freezer appropriately.
Position the freezer in a room with moderate temperatures. Putting a freezer in outdoors causes the freezer to work harder to maintain cool temperatures. When the weather turns cold, this causes excessive frost. Do not store freezers near a hot water heater or furnace.
Stock the freezer with 2 to 3 pounds of frozen food per cubic freezer foot. Leaving the freezer too empty causes frost build up. On the other hand, overstuffing can cause the door to remain ajar. An open door creates frost build up.
Dry off packages with a towel before freezing them. Look for moisture leaks that trigger frost. Repackage or double-wrap foods that look suspiciously moist. This step also helps reduce freezer burn on the food.
Limit your trips to the freezer by gathering everything you need for your recipe at one time. Use a basket to carry all the items. Sort through the freezer quickly and shut the door solidly when finished.
Examine the gasket seal around the freezer. If you see tears or rips, replace the gasket. A loose gasket causes frost build up. Clean the gasket monthly by wiping it down with a soapy cloth. If you see mold, spray the gasket with water/bleach combination. Add a few drops of bleach to a bottle of water. Wipe down the gasket with a dry cloth before sealing the freezer.
Turn the freezer's thermostat down, to just below 0 degrees F. Check the freezer's temperature occasionally with a freezer thermometer.
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Consider replacing an old appliance with a frost-free freezer.
Repackage large packs of food into smaller ones. Smaller packages freeze better and create less frost.