Refrigerator Runs Continuously Repair Guide

Is your refrigerator running continuously? Worried your electric bill is suffering because of it? Fortunately for you this refrigerator repair guide can walk you through the steps it takes in repairing your refrigerator. These are the same steps I take when repairing appliances professionally. So if you follow these steps your problem will be solved in no time. Take the time to read each section carefully until your refrigerator is repaired.



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FRESH FOOD COMPARTMENT TOO WARM

The temperature in the fresh food compartment is too warm; this can be the reason your refrigerator runs continuously. It should be about 34-39 degrees Fahrenheit. If it’s not in that range, click on this link refrigerator not cooling to learn more about the fresh food compartment being too warm.

AMBIENT TEMPERATURE TOO HOT

Ambient temperature is too hot; this can be the reason your refrigerator runs continuously Refrigerators are designed to run 60% - 80% of the time at room temperature. So if the room the refrigerator is in doesn’t have air conditioning, it will run all the time if it gets over 90 degrees Fahrenheit in the room.

Here the refrigerator will run continually and have a hard time keeping correct temperature. The hotter it gets the warmer the temperatures will become in both sections of the refrigerators.



FRESH FOOD COMPARTMENT TOO COLD

The fresh food compartment is too cold. If your refrigerator is refrigerating properly with proper airflow and it’s running continuously the food in the fresh food section will freeze. This is caused by the cold control being stuck on most of the time (“stuck on” meaning that the control contacts are stuck together causing the refrigerator to run continuously). If the cold control is stuck on the temperature in the fresh food compartment will be too cold; therefore, freezing the fresh food. If this is happening, your cold control is bad - replace it. If you have a newer refrigerator there won’t be a cold control, instead there will be a thermistors and a main control board. Main control boards go bad much more than thermistors. Because thermistors have been on refrigerators since about the year 2000 and I have only seen one or two bad, it’s safe to say that the control board needs replacing. These parts can be found at AppliancePartsPros.com.

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