Snow and frost inside your refrigerator
Refrigerator malfunctions often include the common issue of frost and ice formation inside the appliance. This can be attributed to three main reasons.
Reason 1: Extended periods of leaving the refrigerator door open can lead to increased humidity levels in the freezer, resulting in the formation of frost and ice.
Solution: Avoid keeping the freezer door open for longer than necessary. Check if the door closes properly on its own. If not, gently pull the refrigerator forward and ask someone to tilt it back, allowing access to the front feet. Extend both feet by turning them a few times. This adjustment will enable the doors to close automatically and ensure proper drainage of water from the freezer and refrigerator. If the problem persists, contact an authorized refrigerator service center, as there may be an issue with the defrost timer. However, make sure to consider the other two factors mentioned below.
Reason 2: A faulty refrigerator door gasket can also contribute to unwanted icing.
Solution: Begin by cleaning the gasket around the refrigerator door using warm water, soap, and a cloth. Dry the gasket and surrounding areas with a towel, and then close the refrigerator door. If this doesn’t resolve the issue, consider installing a new gasket. Most major appliance manufacturers offer replacement parts, including refrigerator gaskets. Ensure that you purchase the gasket suitable for your specific refrigerator model.
To install a new gasket, first unplug the refrigerator. Remove all frozen perishable items and transfer them to a cooler. Lift the edge of the old gasket and use a screwdriver to remove all the screws. Once the old gasket is removed, align the new gasket and secure it with screws. Place all the food back in the freezer and plug the refrigerator back in.
Reason 3: Excessive food or objects obstructing the airflow on the back wall of the freezer can hinder proper air circulation, leading to frost formation.
Solution: Remove food packages that are in close proximity to the back wall or blocking the freezer vents.