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Motor Runs Constantly on your fridge? Tips & Troubleshooting

Is your refrigerator motor running non-stop? Here’s what might be causing it and how you can troubleshoot the issue.

When your refrigerator motor runs constantly, it can be a sign of several underlying issues, ranging from minor inconveniences to signs of significant malfunction. This constant operation can lead to increased energy bills and decreased efficiency, potentially shortening the lifespan of your appliance.

This article explores why this might be happening and provides straightforward troubleshooting tips before you might need to call for professional appliance repair.

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Common Causes Why a Refrigerator Motor Runs Constantly

Dirty Condenser Coils:

  • Over time, the condenser coils can get clogged with dust and pet hair.
  • This dirt can insulate the coils, preventing them from releasing heat.

Door Seals Not Working:

  • If the door seals are pierced, damaged and/or dirty, cold air is able to escape.
  • This makes the motor work harder to maintain the temperature.

Thermostat Set Too Low:

  • If the thermostat is set too cold, the fridge has to work harder.
  • Try adjusting the thermostat to a slightly warmer setting.

Overstocked or Understocked:

  • Too many items can block air flow, while too few items mean there’s nothing to retain the cold.
  • Adjust the contents for optimal air circulation.
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Troubleshooting Tips Before Calling an Expert

Check the Condenser Coils:

  • Make sure they are clean and clear of any dirt and debris.
  • Cleaning them can sometimes solve the problem.

Inspect the Door Seals:

  • Make sure they are intact and clean.
  • Replace them if they are worn out.

Adjust the Thermostat:

  • Sometimes, simply raising the temperature setting can reduce the motor’s running time.
  • Monitor the fridge to see if this improves the situation.

Rearrange the Interior:

  • Ensure nothing is blocking the vents inside your fridge.
  • Try to keep items evenly distributed.

When to Call Professional Appliance Repair Technicians

If Basic Troubleshooting Doesn’t Help:

  • It might indicate a more serious issue.
  • Professional help may be necessary to avoid further damage.

Suspicion of a Faulty Motor or Compressor:

  • These are complex components that require expert attention.
  • Attempting DIY repairs can be risky and might void warranties.
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A constantly running refrigerator motor can be a nuisance and a sign of deeper issues. By following these simple troubleshooting steps, you may resolve the problem without needing to seek professional help.

However, if these steps don’t fix the issue, it’s wise to contact Appliance GrandMasters to ensure your refrigerator gets the expert care it needs. This proactive approach not only helps in maintaining your appliance but also ensures it serves you well for years to come.

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About Appliance GrandMasters

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Formerly known as Mr. Rogers Appliances, we rebranded our appliance repair company to Appliance GrandMasters in June 2020. Since then, we have focused on developing our brand to be customer-oriented. 

Fixing appliances has become a passion for us. We enjoy challenges and we are always studying to become the very best.

We accomplish swift and top-notch service by employing efficient and friendly customer service procedures that guarantee accurate answers and solutions. 

Our approach involves the careful selection and comprehensive training for the necessary skills to fulfill our customers’ needs. Through these strategies, we strive to consistently provide exceptional service.