Why is Your Refrigerator Always Running?

Is your refrigerator running all the time? Unfortunately, it is not training for a marathon. If your refrigerator is running all the time, it can be the sign of a problem that is causing your appliance to not be able to cool efficiently. However, when a refrigerator starts running constantly, it does not always mean something is seriously malfunctioning. Instead, you should start your investigation by checking out the easily fixed causes first so you can perhaps fix the problem that wasn’t actually a problem in the first place.

Loose Door Seal

If a refrigerator runs all the time, it can mean that it is not retaining cold air. If the flexible plastic seal that lines the refrigerator door is loose or damaged, it is not doing its primary job of keeping cold air in and hot air out. If it is allowing cold air to hemorrhage, then this will force your refrigerator to run longer and more often to keep the correct temperature.

Frost in the Freezer

Most modern refrigerators come with a defrost function. However, if you have an older model or the defrost is no longer functioning, frost that builds up in your freezer will cause the refrigerator to run longer in an attempt to get cool air to the fresh food section. Unfortunately, this actually makes your frost issue worse as well.

Dirty Condenser Coils

If everything else checked out, it is time to check the condenser coils on the back or bottom of your refrigerator. These coils are responsible for dissipating heat, but if they are dirty, it makes your refrigerator have to work harder to do so. As most people often forget about the condenser coils, they can get quite dirty. Blow them off or consider getting a special brush to remove caked on dust or pet hair.

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