HOW DO YOU DEFROST A CHEST FREEZER?
To defrost a chest freezer, remove contents and store them in coolers, as you would when defrosting any other type of freezer. If your chest freezer has baskets or removable shelves, remove them as well. Unplug the unit. If your chest freezer has a drain hose, remove the drain plug then attach the drain hose adapter and the drain hose. Place the end of the drain hose into a bucket—or a drain in the floor—and allow the melting ice to flow into the bucket. To speed up the ice melting process, place a bowl or bucket of warm water in the freezer. Scrape the ice buildup with a plastic scraper tool until all ice is removed.
Once your chest freezer is clean and dried. Remove the drain hose, replace the drain plug, plug your freezer back in and turn it on. Take the opportunity to reorganize frozen foods and weed out old/expired items, as you would for any other type of freezer. It may take 24 hours for the freezer to return to your desired temperature.