Freezer Maintenance Tips
The gasket on the freezer door is designed to seal the cool air in and to keep the warm air out. This is vital to the efficiency of the unit. Regularly clean the gasket with hot soapy water and wipe it dry. It is important to make sure that the gasket is as strong as it should be. Wipe up any spills inside the freezer immediately as some liquids, once dried on the outer frame, will act like glue and will cause the gasket to tear as the door is opened. Periodically, check the gasket to see if there are any areas that are cracked or otherwise damaged.
Self-defrosting freezers have a set of coils and a cooling fan under the freezer that need to be cleaned at least once a year. The coils may look like a grate or like a wide radiator. Unplug the freezer, and use a condenser brush to remove any lint and debris from the coils.
It is not necessary to manually defrost your self-defrosting freezer. Instead, every 8 to 12 hours, the unit will heat up its cooling coils slightly and melt any frost accumulation on the coils. The resulting water will drain into a shallow pan located at the bottom of the freezer.
You do not need to empty the pan because the water in it will evaporate. But, over time, it may begin to develop a foul odor. You may be able to remove the pan for periodic cleaning by detaching the lower grill and sliding the pan out the front of the freezer. Note... When mold grows in the drain pain, it is sometimes considered to be a health concern. If your drain pan is removable, and if you are sensitive to mold consider cleaning the drain pan periodically.