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Defrosting the refrigerator, freezer, refrigerator - freezer

Defrosting a refrigerator:
  1. Turn off the appliance and unplug it from the power socket.
  2. Remove products and drawers from within the appliance.
  3. If a combined ice scraper / drainage channel is included with your appliance, make sure to fit the drip tray along with it.
  4. Defrost any ice build-up naturally by leaving the door(s) open.
  5. Clean and wipe the interior of your appliance with a damp cloth. 
  6. Remove the drainage channel and re-insert the drawers.
  7. Close the appliance and reconnect the power supply.
  8. Turn the appliance back on and wait until it reaches its set temperature. This usually takes 4 to 6 hours.
  9. Further information can be found in your user manual. (If you do not have your user manual, refer to Where can I find the user manual for my appliance?).

Warning: Never use sharp objects to remove ice build-up. This may incur internal damage or cause a leak in the cooling system.

Defrosting a freezer:

The freezer must be defrosted when the layer of ice on the sides reaches a thickness of 10 – 15 mm. It will be easier to defrost the freezer when it's empty or only contains a few items.

Remove the ice as follows:

  1. Turn the appliance off.
  2. Remove any food products in the freezer, wrap them in several layers of paper, and store them in a cold place.
  3. Leave the door open, remove the plug from the drain and collect the water in a tray. You can also speed up defrosting, place a bowl of hot water in the oven and close the door. When pieces of ice have loosened, use a suitable scraper to quickly remove the ice.
  4. When you have finished defrosting, wipe the inside of the freezer thoroughly and re-insert the drain plug.
  5. Turn the appliance on.
  6. Set the temperature control dial to the lowest temperature, and leave the appliance at this setting for two to three hours.                      
  7. Put the food back in the freezer.
  8. Further information can be found in your user manual. (If you do not have your user manual, refer to Where can I find the user manual for my appliance?).

Tip: Use the FROSTMATIC function, if available.

Warning:

  • Never use sharp metal objects to scrape off ice.
  • They may damage the appliance.
  • Do not use mechanical tools or other artificial aids to speed up defrosting, unless they are endorsed by the manufacturer.
  • If the temperature of frozen foodstuffs rises during defrosting, their shelf-life may be shortened.