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Old 08-09-2016, 09:02 AM
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Originally Posted by GonzoTheGreat View Post
In that case you need to do it the other way around: put the whole freezer in a pan of hot water. May require a fairly big pan, of course.
Trust me, it's a lot easier to take the ice out than to move the whole thing to the pan even if you have one. Heating up that much water would take for ever too.
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Some tips (of variable usefulness):
1)-Don't wait so long next time. This one tends not ever to work, for some reason, but it's a good tip nonetheless.
2)-Be careful when breaking off ice from the inside. There are probably some things in the freezer (like pipes for the cooling fluid) that you don't want to break.
3)-Let the freezer dry once all the ice is gone. That will slow down new ice formation by at least a day, quite possibly as much as a week. (Should be longer, but let's be realistic.)
4)-Use a wooden stick to poke in the freezer when trying to get ice to break lose. A metal thing is too likely to damage stuff, and your fingers would get cold very quickly. If necessary, using someone else's fingers works fairly well too, though it may produce complaints.
1) This is the kind of chore that needs to be done once or twice a year. There is no routine for it. It's also never the most important job on the list. The only reason I got around to it this time was because I've gotten a lot of things done lately and could just go with the mental momentum.

2) Actually all the pipes are outside the freezer compartment. What you need to be careful with is the plastic. Get a crack there and the next thing you know is that you're looking for a new freezer.

3) Well it had time to dry while the ice outside was still melting.

4) I know my way with metal. The trick is to go along the walls trying to get the big chunks to let go off the plastic. Breaking the ice is just useless extra work. The real downside of metal tools is that soon enough it's another cold thing to hold.

Naz tips:

Do this in Summer. It's a waiting game no matter what but heat helps it along and it's nice to take breaks in the warm. Also, the work can be a way to take a break from the heat. Small as it is my entire appartment was a lot cooler in the two days this took.
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