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Kenmore 106.9631680 keeps running all the time,all the gaskets are tight and the coils are clean

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The thermostat cycles the refrigerator on and off. The refrigerator normally runs as long as the temperature inside the refrigerator is higher than the set temperature. If the temperature inside the refrigerator is cold enough and the thermostat still does not cycle off, the thermostat may be defective. If so, you need to replace it, because it cannot be repaired. If the thermostat is not defective, you may have a problem with the sealed (refrigerant) system, in which case you should contact a qualified appliance repair technician.

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My name is Peter. I am a retired field service refrigeration technician.

Good for you. You purchased a simple unit that does not have all of the buzzers and fancy controls that can go wrong.

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