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Old 01-09-2009, 08:32 PM   #1
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Refrigerator: Moisture in Food


I have a 10-year-old fridge. I usually cover my leftover food with plastic. I find that there is moisture underneath the cover when I go back to retrieve the leftover later on. I wonder if is this a problem with the fridge or is it a normal thing? Should I replace the fridge? or is there an easy fix for this problem? Thanks.

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Old 01-09-2009, 10:13 PM   #2
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It's a normal thing.

What's happening is that as the air inside your containers cools, it's ability to contain humidity in suspension decreases, and that humidity precipitates as condensation on the inside of the plastic.

To prove that, take one of your "moist" containers outside when it's really cold out (like 25 degrees below F), and replace the plastic wrap on it when it's cold OUTSIDE. The cold outdoor air will have very little humidity in it, and so condensation won't form on the new plastic when it's in your fridge.

You might also want to check that the exhaust vent from your clothes dryer isn't clogged. Elevated humidity inside the house will make the condensation problems you're seeing inside your fridge worse. The moisture in the clothes you're drying may not be exhausting out the dryer duct like it should. The dryer may even be disconnected from the duct, and exhausting into your house rather than into the duct. I'd check that.

It's either that or space aliens tampering with your food when you're asleep.

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Prolly is, but...

MM530: if you find yourself really starting to like music by Barry Manilow and Julio Iglasius, I'd put a padlock on that refrigerator door. They're space aliens too.
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haha...thank you very much for the response. If this is a normal thing, then I guess I am saving myself some $$$.
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