How to Prevent Frost Buildup in Your Freezer

Your freezer is your main way of storing and keeping food fresh. Frost buildup takes up your storage space, not to mention makes it harder to close your freezer door, which can lead to more serious damage. Luckily, there are a few simple steps you can take to prevent frost from building up in the first place.

Preventing Frost Buildup:

  • Keep your freezer away from hot appliances. If your freezer is located near your hot water heater or furnace, it will feel that heat and work harder to keep cool, often resulting in frost buildup.
  • Pack it well. If your freezer is too full or too empty, the temperature won’t regulate well. Also, smaller items freezer better, so break up large food packages into smaller ones.
  • Dry food before you put it into your freezer. If there is any condensation on food packaging or you just washed some produce, make sure these items are totally dry before putting them into your freezer.
  • Don’t put hot items in your freezer. It may be tempting to make pasta sauce and immediately put it in the freezer for future occasions, but hot foods will become frostbitten or cause frost buildup. Wait until those items are room temperature instead.
  • Take care of the seal. Clean it regularly to remove any food particles, using bleach or vinegar if there is any mold on it. If you notice the seal is torn or damaged, call Speedy to replace it for you. (Remember: We stock 99% of parts in our “warehouse on wheels,” so we’ll get the job done quickly and efficiently.)
  • Give your freezer some space. Don’t push it too close to the wall, as this will restrict the airflow and prevent the coils from cooling your unit properly.

If your freezer does develop frost buildup, call Speedy Subzero Repairs. We offer refrigerator and freezer repair services within the hour for homes on Long Island and in Queens. We’ve been providing high-quality service since 1946 and always stand behind our work, so you know you can trust us. For more information or to schedule a service, call us at 866-782-9376.


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