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Refidgeration section overworking. Auto defrost problem?


This is a vertical split fridge / freezer with separate compressors for each half. The freezer part works fine. Lately I have become concerned that the fridge section seems to be working a lot harder than it needs to in order to maintain temperature (which it does). It does not run continuously, although it seems to be more on than off, so I have discounted the thermostat. Seals are OK and there are no holes or splits in the internal casing.

What I have noticed is that there is only frost on the rear mounted plate when the compressor is running. Other than then the plate is wet.

Is it feasible that the auto-defrost is stuck on and the refrigerator is fighting, and nominally winning, a battle with its own auto-defrost facility?

If that is possible is there any way to test or disable the auto defrost?

If not possible...any other suggestions?

I'm tempted to go out and but a power consumption meter just to see what power it is burning in a 24 hour period. It is rated, according to the ident plate in the refrigeration section at 1.6kwh / 24h @ 25C (I don't know if that is just for the refrigeration section or the combined unit). I may try switching off the fridge section for 24 hours and seeing if there is a marked difference in overall power used during that period

Any help will be much appreciated.

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