Why doesn't my fridge dispense ice water?

Fridge iced up: reasons and solutions

First of all: it is completely normal for some ice to build up in the refrigerator over time. However, you shouldn't wait too long and take action before removing it a thick layer of ice on the rear wall of the device. Otherwise it can happen that the ice keeps growing and the storage space becomes smaller and smaller.

You can fight the symptoms, i.e. the ice crystals or the layer of ice, relatively easily. But in order not to let it get that far in the future, you must first know why your fridge is icing up. Possible causes are:

  • High ambient temperature: If the refrigerator is next to the oven, warm air can enter the refrigerator. This air contains a lot of moisture that condenses quickly. In addition, the refrigerator compressor has to cool much more intensely. This means that the condensed water freezes directly to the rear wall.
  • Warm dishes: If dishes that are still hot end up in the refrigerator, the moisture evaporates from the food. Condensation forms, which in the next step turns into ice on the walls.
  • Door is open too often or for a long time: Opening the refrigerator frequently or for too long allows too much warm air to enter the device. Here, too, the result is icing.
  • Door seal is porous or defective: This also allows warm air to flow steadily into the interior of the refrigerator.
  • Temperature is too low: If the refrigerator is not cold enough, condensation will form on the back wall. That cannot be transported away quickly enough via the drainage channel - and remains with you as ice.

If none of these apply and the problem persists, a seal may be defective. Fortunately, you can relatively easy to replace yourself. Our guide to water in the refrigerator explains how to do this.