Condensation occurs when warm, moisture-laden air cools. If your refrigerator has condensation forming then you will have to locate to source to this problem. The most common reason as to why this is happening is usually a faulty door gasket. The door gasket is responsible for creating an air-tight seal around the refrigerator door preventing warm air from entering. Here is what to check if you have condensation forming in your refrigerator.
If you didn’t change the temperature settings in your refrigerator and or didn’t add hot foods then it could have been just a humid day. Weather can play a role in condensation in the refrigerator. If you live in an area with high levels of moisture it can cause condensation to form in your refrigerator.
Did you leave the refrigerator door open? If you didn’t close the door all the way it can result in condensation. To fix this, just make sure that you are closing the door completely.
Broken or Worn Door Gasket/Seal :
The door gasket/seal is responsible for keeping the cold air in and preventing warm air from entering. If you suspect that this is the problem then replace the door gasket/seal with a new one. In order to test to see if your door gasket is working properly, perform the dollar test! Stick a dollar bill in-between the door. If you can pull that dollar out easily then you need to replace the door gasket.
If you own a self-defrost refrigerator the defrost drain line may get clogged with ice. To fix this, unplug your refrigerator from its power source and let it defrost manually. You can also try hot water in the drain line, or to speed up the process use a hair dryer to melt the ice, or even try using an air compressor on a low setting, the options are endless! The defrost drain line is located inside the refrigerator. Locate a V-shaped drain with a tiny hole, this hole should lead to a tube. This pan is then connected to a pan that rests on top of the compressor. The automatic defrost drain cycle allows the water to run into this hole and down the tube. When the water is in the pan the compressor will evaporate the water. The tube could be clogged which is causing condensation in your refrigerator. If this is the case clean it out.
Maybe your refrigerator isn’t balanced. If your refrigerator isn’t leveled properly, water won’t flow to the drain correctly. Be sure to raise the front floor screws by a couple of turns to change the level of your fridge. Or if your leveling leg is broken or missing you can purchase a new one.
Making sure that your refrigerator is leveled, set at the proper temperature, the door is sealed properly, and the defrost timer is operating correctly decreases the likelihood of condensation as well as bacteria forming in your refrigerator.
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