How to Properly Defrost an RV Refrigerator


It’s important not to ignore the frost buildup on the cooling fins of your RV refrigerator. Ignoring the frosting problem will reduce the cooling efficiency of the refrigerator, and will also result in accelerated wear and tear. The good thing is that defrosting an RV refrigerator is not that difficult.

In this post, you will learn how to properly defrost your RV refrigerator. Defrosting your RV fridge is as easy as 1-2-3, and once you learn how, you will never have problems with your RV cooling system again. This is especially important if you’ve taken out an RV Rental, as any damage caused by negligence will be something you are liable for.

Five Simple Steps to Defrost an RV Refrigerator
Step 1. Before you start defrosting your fridge, make sure to switch it off and remove all the food inside. Now, place dry towels on the floor inside the fridge. The towels will soak up water when the frost melts.

Step 2. Next, you should place slightly warm tap water near the bottom of the freezer. This will accelerate the process of defrosting. You should never use boiling hot water as this can result in warping of the inside walls. Also, you should not use a hair dryer or any other device that projects hot air as it can damage the interior walls of the refrigerator.

Step 3.After the frost has melted, you should next clean the inside of the RV refrigerator with a moist warm towel and soap. Do not use harsh cleaners as it can damage the inside of the refrigerator!

Step 4. To remove excess water from inside the refrigerator, you should remove the drain hose from the drip cut located behind the RV refrigerator. Put this drain hose into a large container to capture water.

Step 5. Once the RV fridge has been defrosted and cleaned, you should restart the fridge and replace the food. Also, you should put the drain tube back in its proper place inside the unit.

Following the above steps will defrost your RV refrigerator.

Again, it’s important to reiterate that you should not apply high temperature to defrost the inside of the refrigerator. You may have read a DIY RV defrosting guide online where hot water, hair dryer, or other high-temperature device is used. However, this is not recommended as it could damage the interior of the refrigerator.

Another precaution that you must take is not to use any sharp or hard object to remove the frost. This can damage the refrigerator. Using sharp items like an ice pick or knife to remove the frost is dangerous as well. It can result in a leak in the ammonia system. Ammonia is a dangerous gas that can be fatal if consumed.

Lastly, if your RV refrigerator has a frosting problem, you should get it checked by a professional. Frequent buildup of frost is usually due to a problem with the gasket. An RV technician or mechanic can resolve the issue.