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Is Your Refrigerator Working Overtime?

As homeowners, we rely on our refrigerator more than any other household appliance. If your refrigerator seems to be running around the clock, it can be one of several things. Sometimes it is only a DIY quick fix and sometimes it requires a Peterborough appliance repair professional. But calling a professional sooner rather than later can mean the difference between a minor repair or a refrigerator breakdown.

Condenser Coils

Your condenser coils are typically located under or behind your refrigerator. These take away the heat from the unit as refrigerant passes through them. If dirt has accumulated on the coils, they will struggle to work. When the condenser coils can’t remove heat, your refrigerator will work continuously to keep the air inside cold enough. This is why standard refrigerator maintenance should include cleaning these coils about twice a year. That can be done with a long handled brush or vacuum cleaner attachment.

Wall Clearance

If your refrigerator is positioned too close to the surrounding walls, there is not enough room for air circulation. This can cause heat to build up and cause your refrigerator to run overtime. A refrigerator that runs overtime will be less efficient and will often show up as a spike in your energy bills.

Freezer Too Warm

If your freezer is set too warm, it can cause your unit to work harder to keep the compartment cold and it will run overtime. Your freezer should be set between 0°F and 5°F (-18°C and -15°C). You will want to see if frost has accumulated on the evaporator coils. Today’s refrigerators no longer need to be manually defrosted but sometimes the defrost system has failed. You will need an appliance repair technician to repair this.

Thermostat Issues

If your thermostat is set too cold, it can mean that your refrigerator must work overtime to keep that temperature, especially during the summer in a warm household. It is also possible that the thermostat has malfunctioned. Check your thermostat setting and keep a close watch to see if your refrigerator is struggling to keep at temperature. If so, you may want to call an appliance repair professional to take a look at your thermostat.

Right After Shopping

If you have just done your weekly shopping, your refrigerator may take longer to come to the appropriate temperature. This should be temporary. This can also be the case with a newly installed refrigerator. A new unit can take up to forty-eight hours to reach the appropriate temperature. During this process, your refrigerator may run continuously, but this is normal for a new unit.

If you think you are dealing with a refrigerator malfunction, the professional Peterborough appliance repair experts at EZ Appliance Repair have it covered. Our technicians are factory trained and certified and can often have your refrigerator repaired the day you call.