GE Refrigerator Condensation Problems

General Electric (GE) refrigerators have, in some instances, had condensation problems. The real problem involves excess moisture formation in the refrigerator, which some individuals with refrigerator repair skills have identified can arise from the failure of several components such as the freezer drain or icemaker. Information provided by GE itself indicates the problem is most prevalent on side-by-side models, and independent writers indicate that GE refrigerators aren't the only brand with these issues.

Freezer Drain

A common cause of condensation in some models of GE refrigerators involves the drain pipe in the refrigerator's freezer. This drain can get clogged with ice, resulting in condensation and leaks, according to "How to Fix a Leaking Refrigerator" at

Ice Maker

Another cause of condensation problems involves the ice maker itself in the freezer unit. The freezer drain is the most likely culprit for GE refrigerator condensation problems, but if the drain is clear a poorly aligned water line or cracks in the icemaker unit could cause condensation problems.


Particularly affected GE refrigerators that have exhibited a condensation problem are side-by-side refrigerator-freezers manufactured during 2001 and 2002, according to "Side-by-Site Moisture" published by GE itself at The company maintains that condensation is a symptom rooted in excessive moisture problems, that it had accepted claims about the problem but no longer did so, and that most refrigerators in this class did not exhibit the problem.

Design Element

According to "Frequently Asked Questions" at Appliance411, one cause of condensation in GE refrigerators is a design factor involving evaporator power through two defrost-related components: a switch and the defrost heater. Failure of either components can cause the fan to stop cold air circulation, ultimately resulting in condensation problems.

Other Components

Other components that can cause excessive moisture and result in condensation problems in GE refrigerators include problems with the compressor, the defrost system, the air damper, poor seals and even the light either in the refrigerator or the freezer.

Not unique

According to "How to Fix a Leaking Refrigerator" and "Frequently Asked Questions," these condensation problems are not unique to GE refrigerators. "How to Fix a Leaking Refrigerator" mentions 12 other brands exhibiting similar problems, and "Frequently Asked Questions" mentions two brands in which older-model refrigerators can exhibit similar condensation problems.