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Refrigerator (Whirlpool) increase in electricity usage

My electricity consumption has doubled over the past month and I have traced it to the refrigerator by shutting it off at the circuit breaker to see the impact on electricity usage. Does anyone have any idea what could be causing the excessive consumption of electricity. I have not noticed it running excessively but have noticed the ice cream is very soft.

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Re: Refrigerator (Whirlpool) increase in electricity...

Very doubtfull fridge fault would double elec consumption. look at rating plate and see how many watts then equate this to light bulbs. average light bulb is 60-100 watts (uk). does circuit breaker you turned off only control the fridge?

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please remember to leave a rating.

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