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Refrig compressor runs continuously

Just moved in to our new residence. Refrig was in storage for 8 months. Cleaned fan,coils and lower compartment. Supplied power. Freezer cools. Frig air flow low but with the litttle flow cools enough, though unefficient. And compressor runs continuously.Temp. controls have no effect.

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Hi,

Initially and based on past dealings, this could be indicative of a defective thermostat. Additionally:

  • it may be necessary to verify that the power is as required by your unit (voltage & Hz);
  • there is sufficient refrigerant (this however requires the services of a qualified professional);
  • the evaporator fan is turning at its prescribe RPM, there are no blockages on the airpath/vent(s);
  • check for sufficient ventilation on the rear of the unit and that there are no mechanical issues such as bent tubing, coils and others.
Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information. Good luck and kind regards. Thank you for using FixYa.

Posted on Nov 04, 2008

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Sounds like your fidge is low on freon. You must check that one. Giving it a new freon will certainly give high cooling temp.

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