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What is Manual Defrost?

Manual defrost refers to the defrosting mechanism in a freezer or a refrigerator. Unlike automatic defrost, which introduces heat to regulate interior temperature, manual defrost breaks down a build-up of frost naturally. With manual defrost everything in the refrigerator and freezer must be removed so air can flow inside to melt excess frost. Manually defrosting your freezer and refrigerator requires following a few steps in order to get your appliances operating in the preferred temperature range.

Benefits of manual defrost

  • Uses less energy with the absence of a heating element
  • Costs less than the automatic alternative
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