FAQs About Self-Defrosting refrigerators

Self-defrosting refrigerators are nothing new. Most models now include a self-defrost mechanism that eliminates the hassle of having to regularly remove built-up frost from the inside of the appliance, but even though self-defrosting features are now commonplace, we still receive a lot of questions about them. To help answer some of your burning questions about self-defrosters, we put together a list of some of the most common ones that we receive.

How does a self-defrosting refrigerator work?

A special mechanism inside of the appliance warms the coils periodically, typically once every 6 to 8 hours. This keeps frost from accumulating on the coils and impairing its performance.

Does the pan inside of the refrigerator need emptying?

The pan that people often wonder about is used to catch the water that is created when the self-defrosting mechanism melts the ice build-up. The water eventually evaporates, so there is no reason to empty it. Many refrigerator models actually make the pan difficult to access, which can make emptying it yourself impossible or incredibly difficult.

Is it safe to put a self-defrosting refrigerator in the garage or the basement?

Generally speaking, you can place a refrigerator with a self-defrosting feature anywhere, provided you keep the temperature in the area above 10 degrees Celsius. At cooler temperatures, the oil inside of the unit can thicken, which can cause the appliance to wear out prematurely.

I notice that my freezer feels hot when the self-defroster comes on. Is this a sign that something’s wrong?

No, it’s normal for your freezer to become up to 12 degrees warmer during self-defrosting. This is not a danger to your food and does not indicate that there is anything wrong with your appliance.

Can I convert my standard refrigerator to a self-defrosting model?

Unfortunately, it’s not possible to install a self-defroster in a refrigerator that did not initially come with one.

Are there any drawbacks to self-defrosting refrigerators?

The benefits of self-defrosting far outweigh the drawbacks; however, the extra components that make up the unit do add more parts that have the potential to wear out and cause problems. If you are experiencing any difficulties with your self-defroster or any other issues with your fridge or freezer, give us a call at Matic Service.