When you open your refrigerator to find the shelves, sides and even the top covered with drops of water, it can be quite disturbing. The first thing to check is whether you have recently placed a warm dish or pot in the fridge. The heat from the dish and food will come into contact with the cold air and this will cause some serious fridge issues. If this is not the case, there are a few other possible causes.
If you haven’t adjusted the temperature of your fridge and you have not placed hot food in the fridge within the past few hours, then you should take note of the humidity in your home. A humid kitchen due to air conditioning or rainy weather conditions can result in condensation inside the fridge.
It happens more often than we think. You think you shut the door on your fridge but, whether you do so too softly or with too much force, the door is not perfectly closed. Even if you only leave your fridge slightly open for 20 minutes, condensation will form. Try wiping the condensation away, close your fridge and check again later. If you shut the freezer door with too much force, it will cause the fridge door to open. Make sure that you check both doors each time.
If the gasket on your fridge door is worn or broken, it will allow air to move between the room and the inside of your fridge. This is the same as leaving the door open and will result in condensation. Try placing a bank note half in the fridge door before closing it. If the note is held firmly in place, then the gasket is working well. If it falls out or is easily removed, you should have the gasket replaced.
Among the common fridge issues is the self-defrost function. If your fridge has a self-defrost function, the drain line can get blocked with ice. If this occurs, it’s best to allow the fridge to defrost manually. You can also use hot water in the drain line to help melt the ice that’s blocking the system. You can use a straw to pour small amounts of hot water into the hole that leads to the drainage tube. Simply fill a glass with hot water, place the straw inside, plug one end with your finger and release your finger to allow the water to flow out.
There are a number of reasons to level your fridge and preventing condensation is one of them. If your fridge is tilted back, it will actually help condensation flow to the back of the fridge. This helps with more effective drainage. In addition, the doors will also most likely close better when the fridge is tilted slightly back.