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Old 12-02-2008, 02:55 PM  
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Default Refrigerator always on (mostly)

Hi all,
I have an old refrigerator, about 10 yrs old or so, that is constantly running and rarely shuts off. It also heats up quite a lot in the back. It seems really inefficient.
I wonder what the problem is... Does it need a recharge?

Dont want to have to buy a new fridge

Thanks in advance.

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Old 12-02-2008, 05:33 PM  
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Check to see if the condenser fan at the back underneath the fridge is running.

Are the coils warm ,cold or hot.

Is the evaporator fan in the freezer running

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Old 12-02-2008, 10:21 PM  
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Welcome Matt:
You might also want to check the door gaskets. Put a dollar bill on the contact surface and close the door. If the bill comes out easily, the gasket is not making a good seal. Try it in several locations.
New gasket material should be available where ever you would buy a refrigerator.
The economic life of a refrigerator is 12 to 20 years.
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Old 12-06-2008, 08:40 PM  
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Check the shelves and drawers to make sure they are properly positioned and are not interfering with the door. I had a drawer keep my door ajar for a month last summer, plus an unknown substance had the door gasket gunked up and not sealing. After a drawer adjustment and a warm water cleanup it all went away.
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