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Condensation In Your Fridge? Here’s Why


If you have condensation in your fridge, you must find out how to solve the problem. Otherwise, your appliance’s efficiency reduces, and you risk food spoilage.

Condensation happens when warm, humid air cools. So, when condensation occurs inside your fridge, you first must find the source of warm air.

This article will cover the possible reasons for condensation in your fridge and what to do about it.


Why Is My Fridge Wet Inside?

Condensation inside fridge

Fridge Door Left Open or Fridge Door Seal Problems

If you open the fridge doors frequently, warmer air from outside gets into the appliance. Faulty door seals, too, give cold air room to escape, and warm air sets in. Warm air from outside comes into contact with the cool interior air and causes condensation. The case is especially true during hot and muggy days.

First, open your fridge less frequently, and don’t leave the door ajar. Second, don’t shut the freezer door with too much force, as it can cause the door to unseal. Finally, repair or replace faulty door seals to prevent air leaks.

Putting Hot Food In the Refrigerator

Hot food radiates warm air that causes dampness and condensation. The hotter the food, the more the risk of condensation.

Whereas you may want to avoid food poisoning, wait until your food cools slightly before storage. Bacteria only make the food unsafe when food remains at room temperature for more than two hours. So you have enough time to keep bacteria and condensation away.

Check the Fridge Drain for Blockages

The drainage hole allows condensation to filter into the pan that sits on the compressor. Then, heat from the compressor causes the water to evaporate. If the drain gets blocked, condensation remains inside your refrigerator.

If your drain is clogged, use a cotton bud or piper cleaner to remove all blockages. Don’t store fruits and vegetables near the back wall to avoid future clogs. Also, keep container lids tight to prevent loose food particles and spills that may drain your clog.

Overstocked Refrigerator 

You block vents in different compartments if you stash items in your fridge. This issue makes cold air not get into the compartments easily. As a result, the temperature inside your fridge rises and causes condensation.

To solve the problem above, only refrigerate items that need refrigeration. Also, organize every item in your fridge in a way that doesn’t block the cooling vents.

overstocked food in fridge

Fridge Not Level

Water only effectively flows to the drain if your fridge is level. Instead, the water collects at the bottom and causes condensation. If you prefer a slight angle, ensure the refrigerator is tilted back to ease condensation flow to the back of your fridge.

Refrigerators usually have adjustable legs at the bottom. So, remove the stagnant water and adjust the wheels until your unit is level. 

Check the level of your fridge by placing a spirit level on top of your fridge.

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