Shh… don't tell anyone I'm poor. They all think I'm living frugal and green just like everyone these days. This is a blog about a senior citizen living a frugal life, on a fixed income, in a low income food desert, and passing along knowledge from lessons learned. Some she learned from her Grandma Mama many years ago and some learned only a few days ago.
My upright “frost free” freezer has been giving me the blues. There is a buildup of ice at the bottom I can’t explain. A frost free should not have any ice in it anywhere. The drip pan underneath is empty which means for some odd reason the moisture is not going where it should go.
I tried to get a roast out of the bottom basket but it was stuck tight in ice. I decided enough was enough! Time to get rid of the ice AGAIN. I do this 3 or 4 times a year. I’ve had the same problem from the time I bought it. I got out my picnic cooler and borrowed another one then went to work taking everything out.
Everything except that darned roast and a couple bags of greens also stuck in ice.
Here is a close up of the ice build up that should not be happening. I hope you can see the ice on the white background. Clicking the photo should make it larger for a better view. Its about an inch and a half thick.
I put rock salt on the ice and brought out the mop & bucket. Yup, rock salt. Heck if it will melt sidewalk ice in winter why not ice from a freezer? Its such a boring chore mopping up water from dripping ice. While I’m waiting for the ice to melt I thoroughly cleaned the shelving, the door boxes, and the interior walls.
After nearly 4 hours the visible ice is gone but there is still a steady drip coming from somewhere. I know it won’t do a bit of good to put everything back until there is no more dripping. I was determined to find the cause of the water drips and do what I could to eliminate the problem.
I took a gamble. I removed the inside back wall. There were 4 screws holding it. I was scared I might damage something but at the same time I knew I couldn’t afford to pay a repairman $120 service call for some minor fix. I kept saying a mantra…. fix it or toss it…. fix it or toss it…. fix it or toss it. Yup I told myself if I damaged it then I’d simply do without a freezer.
I found more ice over what appears to be the drain. I put more rock salt on there and in a short time its gone. I found a piece of white plastic that had been under the ice but over the drain. I haven’t a clue where it came from or what its purpose was. Anyway, I removed it and everything appeared to be normal. I poured a little hot water down the drain just to be sure it was all cleaned out. I could hear it landing in the drip pan underneath.
Yea! I did it! I fixed it myself for free!
I put everything back into the freezer. Its all very clean. I did a bit of organizing while putting stuff back. I’m not completely done with the organizing but that can wait until later.
I really hope this was the last time I have to clear ice out of the bottom. I gave my SIL that roast. She’d been wanting one for awhile but the cost kept her from buying any. I’d say it was a good day after all.