Stop Ice Buildup in Your Refrigerator | Super Blog

Stop Ice Buildup in Your Refrigerator

Time: 30 minutes

Does the inside your refrigerator or freezer look like a scene from the last ice age? Frost and ice buildup from excess moisture can be a sign of faulty sealing and air leaks, or overworked systems. Don’t fret--with these steps, you can get your refrigerator and freezer back to normal and prevent ice buildup to keep your systems running smoothly.

What's in it for you?

  • Increase efficiency
  • Extend the life of your appliance
  • Keep your food fresh


  1. Defrost excess ice. Empty out the refrigerator and freezer compartments and set the temperature dial to its warmest available setting. Make sure you’ve got towels on hand to absorb the water. All your compartments should be completely dry before replacing any food items and re-adjusting the temperature.

  2. Adjust the temperature. Monitor the temperature gauge inside your refrigerator and freezer. At all times, your refrigerator should be between 35 and 42 degrees Fahrenheit and your freezer should be around 0 degrees Fahrenheit. Anything lower than these temperatures can cause frost or ice to form.

  3. Make room. Check that your refrigerator and freezer aren’t pushed too close to a wall, which could cut off air circulation to the vents.

  4. Check the seal: Look for any wet or frost patches on your refrigerator and freezer gaskets. These are signs that air might be escaping. If needed, you can easily replace your refrigerator and freezer gasket in a few simple steps.

  5. Keep it clean. Clean any dirt and debris off of your cooling fan, vents and condenser coils. They are accessible at the bottom or back of your unit and can be cleaned by following these steps.

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