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We have new Kenmore ref. We run both ref.and freezer on # 3 have home on 77 It appears my Ref. runs too much it stays on like 17 min and off 23 min My old ref did not run this much .Is there something wrong with unit. It is approx. 3Wks old Ted

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Ted, there may be a difference between the two systems as you have observed. The designs are different from refrigerator to refrigerator and with the Kenmore, you're also dealing with multiple manufacturers. So, you can have a LG, Whirlpool, Frigidaire, Maytag, Samsung, etc. Kenmore doesn't manufacture any major appliances - they just stick their label on the front. I would keep an eye on it but the main thing is the temperature regulation. If it's regulating at the proper temperature I wouldn't worry about it.
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