top of page

How Do You Get Rid Of Ice Build Up?

How to get rid of ice build-up in a commercial freezer

Ice build up in a commercial freezer can affect its efficiency and lead to various issues. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to get rid of ice build up: 

How do you get rid of ice build up

Power Off the Freezer: 

Before starting any maintenance, turn off the power to the commercial freezer to ensure safety. 

Remove Contents: 

Take out all the contents from the freezer and store them in a temporary location to prevent thawing. 

Allow for Natural Defrosting: 

If time allows, simply leave the freezer door open and allow the ice to naturally melt. This process may take several hours, depending on the extent of the ice build up. 

Speed Up Defrosting: 

To expedite the defrosting process, use a fan to circulate air inside the freezer. Placing bowls of hot water inside can also help raise the temperature and melt the ice faster. 

Scrape Away Ice: 

Once the ice starts melting, gently scrape it away using a plastic or wooden scraper. Avoid using sharp tools that could damage the freezer's interior. 

Clean the Interior: 

Wipe down the interior of the freezer with a mixture of warm water and mild detergent to remove any remaining residue. Ensure the interior is completely dry before restoring power. 

Check Door Seals: 

Inspect the door seals for any damage or wear. Contact an experienced freezer maintenance contractor to replace seals if necessary to ensure proper closure and prevent future ice build up. 

Restore Power: 

Once the interior is dry, close the door, and restore power to the freezer. Allow the freezer to reach the desired temperature before returning the contents. 

Monitor and Prevent Future Build up: 

Regular maintenance and timely intervention can help prevent significant ice build up issues in commercial freezers. Putting in place a regular maintenance and service routine will help to avoid future issues.  Experienced service engineers can carry out pre-planned servicing and report on potential problems. 

Cold Control provide preventative maintenance and round-the-clock support services. A maintenance contract ensures you minimise downtime, reduce repair costs, optimise running costs, and protect your investment. 

Please be aware that refrigeration units are intricate devices that should ideally be examined and maintained by experienced technicians. These systems contain refrigerant gases and electrical components, which could pose dangers if mishandled. We strongly advise against removing any panels or attempting to access areas specifically meant for professional servicing during your routine checks.


Health and Safety Advisory:

Your safety is our utmost concern. The purpose of our checklists is to assist you in identifying minor issues and performing straightforward monitoring safely. These guidelines are not meant for conducting major repairs or maintenance tasks. We strongly discourage taking any actions that may jeopardize your safety or that of others.

If during your checks, you encounter something you’re unsure about, we strongly encourage pausing and seeking advice from a qualified technician. It's crucial to consult someone with the appropriate expertise to ensure any potential risks are adequately managed.

Our checklists are designed to offer basic guidance and should not replace the need for professional assessments and interventions. For any significant issues or anything beyond simple checks and minor tasks, getting in touch with a certified refrigeration specialist is the best course of action.


bottom of page