Sources of Condensation in Your Refrigerator

Your
refrigerator is the only appliance in your house which is constantly
operating. Because refrigerators are working 24/7, it is not uncommon
for them to malfunction. One of the most common problems with
refrigerators is condensation. Condensation occurs when warm air
holding moisture comes in contact with a cool surface. As the air
cools, it is no longer able to retain the moisture, so it is
transferred to the cooler surface in the form of condensation. When
this occurs with your refrigerator, it signals the presence of warm
air, which is not a good sign. Here is a list of the most common
causes of condensation, and what you can do to fix them.

Faulty Door Gasket
When
opening your refrigerator door, you may have noticed a rubber strip
called a gasket. The gasket runs along the edge of the refrigerator
door and acts as a seal to keep the cold air in your refrigerator and
the warm air out. If your refrigerator is having a condensation
problem, the most likely cause is a leaky gasket. To quickly test if
yours is working efficiently, close the fridge door on a dollar bill.
If you can easily remove or slide the dollar up and down, you should
replace your gasket immediately. Luckily, gaskets can be quickly
removed and replacements are generally cheap and easy to find.
Dirty Condenser Coils
If your
gasket doesn’t appear to be the problem, slide your refrigerator away
from the wall and look at the condenser coils. If they are dirty,
clean them with a vacuum using a brush attachment. When these coils
become thoroughly covered in dust and dirt, it can prevent heat from
escaping the refrigerator. Also, make sure to leave at least a 6 inch
gap between the back of your fridge and the wall to allow for
adequate ventilation.
Clogged Defrost Drain
If the
defrost drain is the problem, it will likely lead to the pooling of
water as opposed to condensation on the interior walls. The drain
pipe is located on the bottom of the refrigerator, usually under the
crisper drawers. Inspect it for dirt and debris which may be causing
a clog. If there is a blockage, it can usually be removed with a
number of household items including toothpicks, cotton swabs, and
drinking straws.
If you
have followed all of these steps and there is still a condensation in
your refrigerator, you may have a serious problem. If you live in
Long Island or New York City, getting your fridge repaired is a quick
phone call away. Speedy Subzero has been servicing refrigerators and
freezers in the tri-state area for over 50 years. We provide 24/7
service and can be at your door within an hour of your phone call. If
you need your refrigerator, freezer, ice maker, or wine cooler fixed,
call 866-782-9376 today.

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