You have begun to notice at certain times you open your refrigerator and the things inside seem to be a bit damp. Not “wipe the shelves with a paper towel” wet but there is certainly more moisture on that bottle of milk, plastic container of leftovers and the head of lettuce; moisture that wasn’t there when you closed the door the last time. What is going on?
Causes of Condensation and How to Correct It
Interior condensation in a refrigerator, not the “wring out a paper towel wet” but just general dampness, can usually be narrowed down to a couple of things.
- The refrigerator door gasket may be loose and need replacing. The easiest way to check is to take a piece of paper or a dollar bill and shut it between the door and the actual fridge itself. If you can easily pull the paper loose then the gasket needs to be replaced.
- Often short-term condensation occurs when cooked food isn’t allowed to cool before being placed in the refrigerator. The CDC provides food safety guidelines on refrigerating foods and in almost all cases the two hour limit is more than sufficient for hot foods, including stews, soups and sauces to cool down enough to be placed in the refrigerator without creating excess moisture.
Seeing More Than Just General Dampness?
- Most refrigerators these days are sold with an automatic defrosting system. If your model self defrosts and there is standing water on the shelves or under the crisper drawers, check the defrost drain hose. Chances are it may be blocked by a small piece of ice or other debris. The quickest and easiest solution is to loosen the hose and insert a small screwdriver or piece of flexible tubing. Generally this will push the debris through the hose and into the drip pan.
- You may also check the condensation drain hole usually located at the bottom of the back of the unit. A blockage here is often the cause of standing water on shelves and inside crisper and meat drawers. It is easy to clear by using a drain snake, flexible tubing, or even in some cases, a simple drinking straw. Once the blockage has been removed, thoroughly clean the hose using baking soda and warm water.
Summer is winding down and now is the perfect time to get some of those home maintenance projects scheduled. Call Closing Contractor today at 864-326-2640 to schedule an appointment. Our experienced technicians practice all Covid-19 safety recommendations and we here at Closing Contractor continue to monitor the latest health and safety CDC announcements. We appreciate your interest and look forward to earning your business.