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Old 05-28-2015, 12:26 AM   #1
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I was wondering if any of you have defrosted your fridge after pretty much full timing in it and if so do you have any tips? I have a fridge and freezer full of food and the fins are completely covered with a couple inches of ice. I need to defrost it but not sure if it is a quick enough process while having food in it and no where to refrigerate it while defrosting as we are living in it. I would also assume it is going to give off a whole bunch of water. Will this drain somewhere? It is the standard double door domestic with ice maker.
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I have a freezer in my garage that is not a frost free. I defrost it 3/4 times a year by taking every thing out stacking and covering it together to help hold the cold. Then put a hair dryer inside, being careful where it is aimed. Throw some towels in to catch the water, usually all done in 15 minutes. Big question is how quick will your Dometic recover temp.
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I defrosted the freezer in my Norcold as above. Put everything in a cooler and worked quickly. The lower section never needed additional defrosting as it was done automatically approximately every 48 hours. Your Dometic either doesn't have this feature or its inoperable. Some other reasons may be that your crew is spending too much time with the door open deciding what to eat or your thermistor needs replacing or your door seals aren't doing their job.
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Here's a link to other threads discussing Dometic fins freezing.

https://www.google.com/search?q=Fros...com&gws_rd=ssl
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Your refrigerator has automatic defrost. If you have two inches of ice accumulated your refrigerator is most likely overstuffed. The efficiency of the refrigerator is diminished with that much ice accumulated. Buy cheap Styrofoam coolers for the food to hide in while you wait for the defrost to work.


Your ice bin, if kept full of ice, will become a near solid mass because of the automatic defrost cycle.


Bottom line you need to keep air circulation inside the refrigerator uninhibited.


In the freezer put a heavy towel spread out on the bottom to catch the water which will accumulate.
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You should be able to defrost with a hair dryer pretty quick.
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You may also use a small fan, blowing into the open refrigerator. Put towels inside to catch the melting ice and water runoff, and store your cold food in a cooler temporarily. If you go the route of a hairdryer, be very careful not to melt any of the plastic inside the fridge.
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