July 5, 2012
Thanks for contacting us. This is Alison with GE. I am happy to assist you with your inquiry regarding model FCM7SUWW.
In most climates, defrosting will be necessary only about twice a year.
To have your freezer operate most efficiently, do not permit more than 1/2 ″ (13 mm) of frost to accumulate on the shelves.
To remove frost, scrape with a plastic or wood spatula or scraper.
Do not use an ice pick or sharp-edged instrument as it may damage or scratch the freezer.
Do not use any electrical device in defrosting your freezer.
For Complete Defrosting:
Turn the temperature control to the Off position and unplug the freezer.
Remove all food and place it in corrugated boxes, insulated bags, picnic coolers, etc. Use towels and
newspapers for insulation as needed.
With the door/lid open, use pans of hot water to speed loosening of frost.
Remove large pieces of ice before they melt. Chest models have a defrost water drain
at the front.
Water may drip from the back flange of the lid cover during defrosting. This is normal.
Ice builds up in the lid insulation when the lid is open for adding or removing food, and melts during the defrosting operation.
Sponge excess water from the bottom of the freezer as it collects to prevent overflowing.
After defrosting, clean the inside of the freezer with warm water and baking soda solution—about a tablespoon of baking soda to a quart of water. Rinse thoroughly with water and wipe dry. Do not use cleaning powders or other abrasive cleaners.
An open box of baking soda in the freezer will absorb stale freezer odors. Change the box every three months.
Replace the drain plug inside the cabinet and the cap on the defrost drain. Fold over and dry the gasket on the hinge side of the lid.
Plug in the freezer. Return the temperature control to its previous position and return food to the freezer.
I hope this information is helpful.
Please let us know if you have any further questions or concerns.
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