The Problem of NO FROST Fridges

Have you ever heard about NO FROST systems? Do you know what are the pros and cons of these systems? Do you know what is the biggest problem of refrigerators, which are entirely NO FROST? Do you want to learn the answers of these questions?

Refrigerators with NO FROST systems have lots of advantages and disadvantages. They can be of great use, but can cause you a lot of troubles, too. To tell you the truth, I was a great fan of frost-free fridges until I encountered a problem with mine. I’m going to tell you a story that happened to me before I give you the pros and cons of these appliances. I had a refrigerator, which was entirely frostless, and I loved it because I didn’t have to defrost it manually. I only wiped it with a cloth soaked with white vinegar once a week and it was always spotless. Once I bought some fish, though, and put it in the freezer part of my fridge to freeze it. I forgot it there and it stayed for about a month. During this time my whole appliance smelled of fish and I wondered how the odour came into the fridge part, if I had fish in the freezer. It was very strange to me until I understood how the NO FROST system works. There are fans in the refrigerator which make the air in it circulate and don’t allow it to build up ice. The thing is, though, that these fridges not always circulate the air inside-out, but only circulate it in their inside. That’s what happened to my appliance, and that is why it smelled of fish.

Now, here are the pros and cons of NO FROST systems:


  • The most important thing is that you don’t have to defrost the appliance manually and don’t waste time when cleaning it. Most fridge cleaners in London say that frost-free refrigerators are the easiest for maintenance.
  • The packs in the freezer don’t stick to each other and you can clearly recognise what’s in them, because there is no ice build ups.
  • Smells are limited, according to most fridge producers, but I have a different opinion on this one. They say, that because the air is circulating your appliance will never smell bad, but it depends.
  • You can manage the temperature in the appliance more easily.


  • You always have to cover your meals with plastic foil, because the fans in the appliance will dry them.
  • The fans spread odours inside the fridge.
  • Frostless refrigerators have less space inside, because the fans of the NO FROST system take some of it.
  • NO FROST fridges consume more energy, because their fans continue to work when the door is open.
  • When the weather is hot, condensation forms around the door of the appliance.
  • You have to install an additional safety device to the heating element of your frost-free fridge, because of the instant power values that can be reached.

In my opinion the best refrigerators are neither the ones that are entirely frost-free, nor the ones that have to be defrosted every month. There is a type of fridges, which is combination from the other two types – it is NO FROST in the freezer part and auto-defrost in the fridge part. This makes the appliance very conventional and easy for maintenance.

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