Frost forms in the refrigerator or freezer

Last Update date : Nov 20. 2020

Have you ever opened your freezer to find everything inside covered in ice? Moisture forms in the fridge when warm air enters through a door being left open, warm or hot items stored inside, or compartments not sealing properly. When moisture freezes, it becomes frost.

Frost in the freezer or refrigerator

1 Clear the frost away.

Light frost can be wiped away with a damp cloth, and then the freezer can be wiped dry with a second cloth. Heavier patches may need to be removed using a plastic scraper.If there's a heavy buildup of frost, or if it's too hard to clear by hand, you'll need to defrost the freezer.

2 Check the door if completely closed.

Check the areas where frost is forming the most to see if you can identify anything that's keeping the door from sealing completely. If the rubber seal is dirty, then clean it using a mild detergent and damp cloth.
If you don't locate any gaps with a visual inspection, put a flashlight in the freezer, turn it on, and point it at the door. With the door closed, if you can see any light shining out, that's where the door isn't completely closing.

Frost fridge with gap
3 Prevent the frost from coming back.

Frost is caused by warm moist air getting in the freezer. If you stop the air from getting in, you stop the frost. Only if you have identified the cause of the frost and it is something you cannot fix yourself (like a damaged seal) is service required.

In all other cases, frost can be prevented yourself by following a few tips:

Don't open the door as much - Try to open the door less frequently and for shorter amounts of time.

ㆍLet hot items cool first - Hot items put directly into the refrigerator will cause frost, especially in humid climates. It can also warm up  the other food it's put next to, even in the refrigerator compartment, causing food to spoil more quickly.

ㆍLeave two inches of space in front of the vents - Keep two inches of spaces in front of the vents at the back of the compartment. 

Frost on the ice bucket

1 Clear the frost away.

ㆍLight Frost - Use a damp cloth to remove the frost and then wipe the freezer dry with a second cloth.

ㆍMedium Frost - Use a plastic scraper to gently remove the frost. Wipe the freezer clean with a damp cloth and then dry it with a second cloth.

ㆍHeavy frost - If there is a heavy buildup of frost, or if it's too hard to clear by hand, you'll need to defrost the freezer.

2 Check the alignment of the left side door.

1. Open the right side door only, keeping the left side door closed. Look inside the refrigerator at the closed left side door.

2. Check for a gap between the ice bucket and the ice chute, which is part of the door. The gasket should sit flush up against the ice bucket. If there is a gap, warm air from the refrigerator compartment will enter the ice maker compartment and cause frost.

To correct this condition, level the refrigerator, and adjust the doors. A properly leveled refrigerator will have the front of the refrigerator resting on the leveling legs and with the front wheels not in contact with the floor.

3 Check the ice bucket seal.

This can also cause your ice to be wet and/or slushy.

If the ice bucket is not sealing correctly, warm air could enter the ice bucket.

Remove the ice bucket, and inspect the rubber seal around it to confirm it is clean and not damaged. When reinserting the ice bucket, make sure it closes completely.




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