How to avoid/reduce moisture formation in my fridge?

Last updated 25/10/2023 08:33


  • Condensation/moisture in the fridge compartment
  • My fridge is wet inside
  • There are droplets of water or ice on the fridge rear wall

Applies to

  • Freestanding Fridge Freezer
  • Freestanding Refrigerator


The wet wall is part of normal functioning. The degree of air humidity and the amount and temperature of fresh food can influence the degree of condensation inside the fridge. During the cooling process, the humidity/moisture starts to condense on the back wall as this is one of the coldest places in the fridge. These droplets can be frozen, and ice can build up on the back wall.

Follow the recommendations below to avoid excessive moisture / ice formation in the fridge compartment:

1. Check the temperature setting:

Incorrect temperature settings can lead to condensation in the appliance.

You should keep your fridge temperature set at 4°C and your freezer set at -18°C. It can make your food last longer and help reduce waste, which is more sustainable.

For more information refer to the article: What is the optimal temperature in the refrigerator / freezer?

2. Check where the appliance is located:

  • Always keep the appliance away from direct sunlight
  • Leave enough space around the appliance for proper air circulation
  • Do not keep the appliance directly in front of an air conditioner or fan
  • Appliances in close proximity to a condenser dryer may be affected by the heat and moisture generated by that appliance

3. Advice for food placement:

  • Do not place hot food inside the refrigerator. Wait until it cools to room temperature before placing it into the appliance.
  • Store food in an organised way to ensure sufficient air circulation in the appliance. We recommend keeping food from the back wall, this can increase condensation and cause fruit and vegetables to spoil.
  • It is recommended to keep food in covered storage bins. 

4.  Avoid covering shelves and drawers as these covers may block air circulation inside the appliance.

5. Try to avoid too frequent opening of the refrigerator door.

6. Try to avoid having the door opened for a too long time (e.g. when loading the weekly shopping or if keeping the door open when preparing food.)

7. Always check that the refrigerator door is closed properly to ensure that warm air does not enter the appliance (e.g. check the condition of the door gasket).

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