Refrigerated Container Defrost Importance
Do you know of the importance of defrosting your refrigerated container? Most refrigerated “reefer” container owners are unaware of the importance of regular defrosting.
It is good practice to empty and thaw out your container(s) on a regular schedule. A rough estimate would be every quarter. However, we recommend defrosting your container more often if you see any ice buildup.
It is also imperative to remind everyone using the container to keep the doors closed when not in use.
Why is it imperative? The photo to the right shows the container floor flooded and then frozen with a thick layer of ice. In the photo to the right, you can still see the t-flooring, but in between, you can see the ice. This results from not defrosting your container, much like a freezer in your kitchen.
Our Reefers are configured with automatic sensors to start the defrost process.
- When you first plug in your container, the defrost might run every 3 hours. This is normal.
- We stock Carrier and Thermo-King machines that come with user-friendly controllers. (See Images Below) These machines can run a defrost cycle on a schedule every 6, 9, 12, or 24 hours. You must go to the controller to change this; units are set on Auto Defrost as that is a factory default.
- You may also run a defrost cycle manually with just the press of a button on the control panel.
- We always suggest that the units be kept in OEM condition and repaired with factory-replacement parts. If the unit(s) are altered or not repaired back to OEM standards, it can make troubleshooting the unit very difficult. In most cases, we stock replacement parts and can have these parts sent to you by the next day of your order.
We offer 24/7, 365 Free Support
We do offer 24/7, 365 free technical support at 877-391-4064 for all our refrigerated container sales and rentals. When you call, you will speak to an actual Reefer Technician. If you call after hours and it is an emergency, be sure to press #2 when you get the automated attendant.