Tips for manual defrost Refrigerator?

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  1. retrofridgefreak

    retrofridgefreak Farmall Cub

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    I wanted to separate this from my thread so it does not get lost.

    Anyone have any tips for me now that my IH is alive and working! It is a manual defrost and has a water container on the left side.

    When the freezer is frozen with ice just turn the thermostat off and let un thaw and allow for the water to run into the catch all?

    Leave the door open for this or keep it closed?

    Does the water catch all need emptied more than once during defrost?



    I just am looking for tips so that I am not learning as I go!
     
  2. Randall Barringer

    Randall Barringer Y-Block King

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    not sure how to do it "right," but on my 55 Hotpoint I scrape off the big ice into a pan, and then use my defrosting element that I found at a thrift store to do the rest. It takes about 30 mins and is a little messy, but it's worth it.

    keep towels nearby
     
  3. Colin Rush

    Colin Rush Man of Voive Staff Member Moderator

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    Yes.

    Open, unless you use the hot water trick below.

    Depends on how much ice there is. If you defrost it once a month, it may not fill the sump. Go longer, and let the ice build up, and the water will overflow. Like the man said, put towels in the bottom of the refrigerator to sop it up.

    A pan of hot water in the freezer will help speed things up.
    A second larger pot of hot water on the rack down below with the door closed will work even better.

    Don't scrape with a screwdriver or knife.
    It is easy to puncture a cooling line.
    Many refrigerators met their end that way.
     
  4. Jeff Jamison

    Jeff Jamison Lives in an IH Dealership

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    Mine looks the same as yours has a puchbutton in the center above the freezer section,gold colored,just push the button in and it will defroft and drain into the water container.The button shuts off the compressor untill the coil gets to a certain temperature,then it comes back on.Leave the freezer door shut,I usualy open the main door,if done monthly,it doesnt take long.I do twice a year and it usualy has to be done twice.
    By the way,you did a great job,I didnt think you would get it apart without ******* the refrigerant charge
    Jeff
     
  5. retrofridgefreak

    retrofridgefreak Farmall Cub

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    lol thanks Jeff! Ya separating the cooling unit from the main cabinet was one scary process but it had to get done for this to turn out the way it did in the end.
     

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