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Motor never turns itself off

The motor operates continuously. Is this correct. Everything is working well otherwise.

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  • Elizabeth Manion Jan 15, 2007

    Thanks so much for your response. Ultimately, it means that I will need a refrigeration mechanic to check it out. Now I know what has to be done. This fridge has always done this ever since I bought it and has always been a concern. It has had a rest from being used as the main fridge for a few years and recently re-instigate to the kitchen. The first customer to purchase it, returned it to the electrical shop under warranty, and then it was supposed to have been 'fixed' (and I don't know what the problem was, as they would not tell me) and then re-sold without the full warranty, but with a 3 month warranty and with 25% discount. My grandson, right now, has just commented that it is not 'cold' and turned up the thermostat. I will contact a reputable mechanic to take a look as I really like this refrigerator otherwise. The interior plan won the Australian Design Award year of production. Thanks again from Elizabeth for your help, much appreciated.


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If by motor you mean the compressor itself then no, it should not run all the time. The compressor should run until the thermostat senses the temp. is at where you set it then turns off the compressor. A couple of possible things... if the unit has a leak in the refrigerant then it may run almost continuously since it can barely reach the cold setting you have selected. Or the temp. sensor thermostat may be bad and the unit doesn't know to turn off. There is also a defrost cycle that happens about every 12 hours for a few minutes (depending on make/model on how it works) but that should also turn off the compressor and fans until the defrost cycle is completed. Basically it should turn off when the temp. setpoint is reached or when it's in the defrost cycle.

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