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Refrigerator humidity

A certain level of humidity in your refrigerator is normal in order to keep leafy green vegetables like spinach, arugula and basil fresh for longer. But high humidity should be confined to the one drawer where you keep those vegetables — not in your entire refrigerator. High humidity in the rest of your fridge can cause excess moisture and leaks. That's why it's smart to stay on top of problems so you don't end up with costly repairs later.

Fortunately, your local factory-trained specialist at GE Appliance Factory Service can fix any GE refrigerator problem, no matter how big or small. We make sure to travel with a full inventory of Genuine GE Appliance replacement parts, so fixing your refrigerator's humidity problem shouldn't take more than one service call.*

There could be a number of reasons your refrigerator's humidity setting isn't working properly. Schedule an appointment online to have one of our skilled technicians come by and take a look.

Locating the problem

If your refrigerator is out of commission for long, you could end up with a lot of wasted food. High humidity might not seem like a big problem at first, but you'll start to notice that your produce and dairy products aren't lasting as long as you'd like. Keep an eye out for these possible causes of high humidity in your refrigerator.

  • Broken thermostat: Fluctuating temperatures can cause bacteria and mold to grow, so making sure your refrigerator's temperature is at an even keel is essential for keeping your food fresh as long as possible. If your thermostat is on the fritz, it could be causing condensation to freeze and then melt over and over again, which messes with the humidity levels in your fridge.
  • Faulty door seal: If your fridge isn't sealing properly, air could be getting in and causing condensation to form on and inside food containers. Since the air from outside the fridge is warmer, it will cause the temperature inside the fridge to rise making food go bad a lot faster than it should.
  • Crispers used improperly: Choosing the humidity level you want in your crisper is a simple matter of setting the vent tab on the drawer. If you find your leafy greens are drying out, you might need to close the vent, keeping the humidity high in that particular drawer. If you're storing your food properly, it should have a longer shelf life.
  • Clogged vents: If the temperature in your fridge has been fluctuating, ice could have built up, clogging drains and vent. Without proper ventilation, your fridge will try to overcompensate, working harder to stay cool. Humidity problems can be a sign of a bigger issue with the way your refrigerator is running.

Eliminate excess humidity ASAP

Humidity levels in your refrigerator can usually be easily adjusted using the correct temperature settings and storage drawers. But if the obvious quick fixes aren't working, call GE Appliance Factory Service to have one of our local professionals come by to take a look. We have most replacement parts on hand, so your refrigerator should be as good as new after a single visit.*

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