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Should the fan be running all the time? Sides of unit feel warm on the outside front edge.

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Not knowing what type of refrigerator, or to what fan you are referring, it's a difficult question to answer. In many domestic units, the fan inside the unit (evaporator fan) does run all the time. In all commercial units it does.

In newer domestic units, the fan speed may modulate, being controlled by a 'computer' that keeps it running at a minimum energy draw to still maintain the temperature.

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No the fan should not run all the time .

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