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Containers in my Fridge Get Condensation Bad!

SaltCod Apr 25, 2009 08:05 PM

This is a problem I've never experienced before, but every container I put in my refrigerator becomes loaded with water droplets. For example, if I put a ziploc bag or a tupperware container in the fridge, by the next day, the food is soaking wet from dewdrops that have formed inside.

Anybody know why this is happening or what I can do about it? Thanks.

  1. goodhealthgourmet Apr 25, 2009 08:18 PM

    is it only *inside containers* or is it inside the general space of the fridge as well? normally if it's just when you're packing up warm leftovers, i'd say it's a build-up of moisture from the steam...but if it happens with cold things as well, then it's one of three problems:

    - you're overdue for a thorough defrost of the freezer
    - you have some sort of blockage in the drain
    - the door isn't sealing tightly enough (which means the gasket needs to be replaced).

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet
      embee Apr 26, 2009 09:54 AM

      It's also possible that the defrost heater isn't working properly.

      1. re: embee
        Smachnoho Apr 26, 2009 03:47 PM

        My fridge is new (only 4 months old). I have this same problem with "inside" of containers ony. Also inside of plastic bags.
        Never had this problem with my very old fridge. I have resorted to puting a paper towel inside the lid of my containers. I know that is only a stop-gap solution not a solution.
        If it is a blockage in the drain what do I do?

        1. re: Smachnoho
          goodhealthgourmet Apr 26, 2009 05:20 PM


          i'm no expert, and a refrigerator is an expensive appliance to be screwing around with if you don't know what you're doing. my best advice is to call the manufacturer and tell them about the problem you're having - they might have an easy answer or suggestion.

          1. re: Smachnoho
            embee Apr 26, 2009 07:21 PM

            If you don't have the problem within the fridge itself, and the fridge temperature is okay (i.e., mid 30s F and doesn't rise wildly during defrost cycles), I have no idea what might be wrong.

            Does this happen if you put something unequivocally dry and cool into a container, or only with things that are warm and/or moist?

            It could be simple condensation within the containers. However, if it happens with cool, dry things and the temperature in the fridge is steadily on target, something is wrong.

            Water or (especially) ice on the fridge bottom are strong signs of a defrost cycle or drain problem. An extreme temperature rise during a defrost cycle also means repairs.

            Presumably you have a warranty still in effect. If there is a manufacturer's hotline, call them first.

            1. re: Smachnoho
              SaltCod Apr 27, 2009 08:56 PM

              To reply to several of you, mine is doing EXACTLY what Smachnoho's is doing and I have thought of using paper towels in containers, too.

              Water, only inside containers and bags, not just warm ones, either. No water on the sides of my fridge and no ice in my freezer. Everything else seems to be fine. Except, it ruins my food! Frustrating...

              1. re: SaltCod
                embee Apr 28, 2009 04:43 AM

                What brand and model fridge do you have? Smachnoho also?

                1. re: embee
                  Smachnoho Apr 28, 2009 07:32 AM

                  I have a "General Electric", model # GTS 18 RBSARWW

                  1. re: embee
                    SaltCod Apr 28, 2009 11:39 AM

                    Whirlpool Model # ER8G (and about 9 numbers I forgot walking from my fridge to my computer)

                    1. re: SaltCod
                      embee Apr 28, 2009 12:10 PM

                      So the possibility of this being related to the specific make/model is moot.

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            taos Apr 26, 2009 08:56 PM

            It sounds like the temperature inside your fridge is rising somehow.

            I don't know exactly what would cause this.

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            1. re: taos
              goodhealthgourmet Apr 27, 2009 06:56 AM

              "I don't know exactly what would cause this."
              either a faulty thermostat or an incomplete seal along the door

            2. RShea78 Apr 28, 2009 08:56 AM

              I have thought of this to be a normal condition based on the- food temps, humidity, and water content of the food -at the time of refrigeration.

              I noticed that some food items, such as real bacon bits (for example) may include a desiccant pack to control that.

              Now if I feel that condensation may become a problem with something that must be kept dry, I too will place a folded paper towel in the head space to help preserve my food of which may otherwise mold. In my restaurant training any refrigerated goodies should be consumed within the 2nd day or be discarded by the 3rd day. (pre-prepped items or left over items- that was day doted)

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              1. re: RShea78
                embee Apr 28, 2009 10:03 AM

                Condensation within closed containers is, indeed, a normal condition, but only under specific circumstances.

                1. re: embee
                  RShea78 Apr 28, 2009 12:22 PM

                  >>but only under specific circumstances.<<

                  Refrigeration from the danger zone to the safe zone will "almost always" condensate if it went in an air tight container. I just remembered my granny would towel cover left over foods she placed in the refrigerator, then few hours later, she would cover the food with its lid or food wrap once fully chilled down.

                  Of course if the food can be vacuum packed, that should eliminate the problem.

                  ALSO- in the food service industry, things that gets refrigerated in a stainless steel insert will almost swim in condensation. That is why it is necessary to use either an insert grate or false bottom whenever possible. Of course condiments like dressings are often pitched if the condensation cannot be controlled. To control waste, it is often needed to use smallest insert like a 1/9 pan on sandwich tables.

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                clover3 Nov 14, 2009 09:01 PM

                The drain hole may be blocked with water , try to pump out gunk with a pump (for example a wine pump and bit) and plastic hose to draw up the gunk, or perhaps a chop stick will clean the drain.

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