How to Fix a Sweaty and Leaking Fridge

You need your refrigerate to work and run properly at all times to keep your perishable food safe and edible. When your refrigerator develops an issue, you want to deal with it right away to keep your food safe. If your refrigerator leaking or the door is coated in moisture, you may be able to fix the issue yourself.

Water Leaking Inside of Your Refrigerator

Leaking water in your fridge is a major issue. If water leaks into your fridge, you should throw away all the food that comes in contact with the water due to the possibility of contamination.

An interior leak might be caused by a clogged drain. If the drain is clogged, first pull your refrigerator away from the door and unplug your fridge. Then, open your fridge and remove the bottom vegetable draws to access the drain hole. Take a plumbing snake and push it into the drain hole.

Pull the plumbing snake up and down to break up any clogs. Then, pour baking soda and white vinegar down the drain hole to break up remaining the debris. Follow up by pouring a few cups of boiling hot water down the drain to rinse away the loosened debris.

Next, you need to empty the drain pan, which is probably overflowing or full of water. Remove the screws holding the front grill plate in place to access the drain pan. After you empty the pan, replace the front grill plate.

Put the vegetable drawers back in the fridge, plug it back in, and put it back in place. Call a technician if the problem persists.

Moisture on the Outside of Your Refrigerator Door

If the outside of your refrigerator looks or feels sweaty, you have a condensation issue. Hot and humid weather, as well as opening and closing the fridge too frequently, can lead to occasional condensation on the outside of your fridge door.

But if condensation is occurring all the time, the seal or gasket around your door might be worn out and leaking cold air, which causes moisture to build up on the outside of your refrigerator. Luckily, you can replace the gasket around your fridge door easily.

Identify the gasket size. Check the owner’s manual or the inside of the refrigerator door, where the make and model of the refrigerator are listed, for the size of the size replacement gasket you need.

Remove the gasket. Once you have a replacement gasket, remove the gasket from the door. Use a screwdriver to remove all screws around the edge of the fridge door before pulling the gasket off.

Clean the fridge. Use a sponge or soft cloth and some dish soap to clean the area behind the gasket of grime and dust before installing the new gasket.

Prepare the gasket. New gaskets can be stiff and difficult to install. Soak the new gasket in warm water for a few minutes. The warm water will soften up the gasket and make the gasket easier to install.

Install the new gasket. There are retainer holes around the edge of your fridge. Take the new gasket and snap it into the retainer holes. Once you snap the gasket into place, reattach the screws. 

Once the new gasket is in place, your fridge should stop sweating.

If you can’t take care of the issues above, or your refrigerator develops a more serious issue, give us a call today at Capital City Appliance Service, and we’ll send a technician out today to help take care of any refrigerator issue you are experiencing. We understand how vital it is to keep your refrigerator up and running properly, and we can fix your fridge quickly for you.

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