Refrigerator repair or reefer madness?
July 14, 2011 2:36 PM Subscribe
My refrigerator runs too long, methinks. What might be the problem, and would it be madness to try to fix it ourselves?
posted by Quietgal to home & garden (4 answers total)
I have an Amana bottom-freezer fridge that's about 12 years old. It keeps everything cool/frozen just fine and there's no ice visible anywhere, but the compressor runs a lot longer than it used to, about 20 - 30 minutes at a time before stopping. My impression was that it used to run for about 10 - 15 minutes when it was new.
I've cleaned the coils on the bottom with a brush several times and it helped a little, but it still runs long enough to bug me. The freezer compartment is pretty full and the fridge is a little emptier but there's still plenty of thermal mass in there. I open the freezer door maybe 2x a week, the fridge door several times a day but it stays open maybe 15 seconds at most. I never put hot things inside.
I haven't changed the thermostat set point in years, the door seals are still tight, my house is pretty chilly all year round here in the fog belt, and the off-time between compressor runs is about 30 - 45 minutes, which is about what it used to be as far as I can remember.
How can I diagnose the problem and is this something a fearless handyman and his lovely assistant might be able to fix?
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