|Refrigerators work to remove moisture that is
naturally present in the air inside of the unit. If there is too much
moisture present for the refrigerator to remove, the moisture will build
up on the interior of the refrigerator. Moisture (in the form of frost or
ice) can also build up in the freezer compartment.
The following is a list of reasons for moisture
To view a short video on moisture in bottom mount freezers:
- Initial start-up: When
the refrigerator starts back up after being shut down for a time
(installation, moving, etc.), moisture may build up inside. This is
normal and should go away after about 24 hours or once the
refrigerator has stabilized at temperature.
door openings: If the doors are opened
frequently, warm and/or humid air enters the refrigerator. Try
limiting openings in extremely hot or humid weather.
- Doors not closing completely: If the doors do
not close completely, warm and/or humid air will
Please check the following:
- Are there food items that are blocking door closure? If so move the larger items off the door, where they can obstruct the door.
- Is the unit leveled properly to ensure the door closes properly? To properly level your refrigerator.
- Open containers: Open
containers of food or beverages will transfer some of their moisture
into the air inside the refrigerator. Make sure all containers are
covered or sealed.
- Moisture laden food: Foods that contain a great deal of moisture such as lettuce, celery,
etc. can be wrapped in paper toweling or placed in the vegetable bins
that have been lined with paper towels.
- Moisture may build up inside of adjustable or convertible
bins if they are not set correctly. Incorrect settings can also
result in frozen vegetables.
- Humidity Control:
- Higher for vegetables
- Lower for fruits
- Temperature Control:
- Warmer for vegetables
- Colder for meats
- Manual Defrost or Cycle Defrost
Manual or Cycle Defrost refrigerators will have frost and ice
buildup as a normal occurrence. When the ice is 1/4 inch thick or
more, it is time to defrost. See the Owner's Manual that came with
the refrigerator for defrosting instructions. Download a free copy of the
Owner's Manual and/or Installation Instructions.