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GE refrigerator 12 years old runs continuously, exterior warm

I have noticed that the fridge seems to run continuously. The exterior is very warm in a couple of areas near the freezer. The freezer fan is blowing cold air. The fridge temp seems OK .. set at 3 .. mid-way. I have pulled out the fridge and vacuumed off the coils and underneath as best I could. The fridge does turn off and on when I manually turn the dial. Should I be worried that it is running most of the time?

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Probably not. Newer (and I mean under 15 years old or so) refrigerators may run more % of the time than older units, but are using far less energy while running, so total energy consumption is actually less. The newest energy star models often use less electricity than a single incandescent light bulb uses if left on 24/7. If your run times are noticeably longer just recently, and there have been no other significant changes to account for it (like more and / or longer door openings or a warmer ambient temp., etc.) then you may have caught a defrost problem or bad door gasket problem early. The warm temp on the outer case near the freezer is to prevent condensation from forming in those areas, and is normal. (as a matter of fact, older refrigs often used low wattage electric heaters for that task, almost all newer units use waste heat from the cooling system to accomplish that task) Please don't bother rating this solution, as anything but a Fix-Ya lowers my overall score. Thanks.

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