While a refrigerator operates 24/7 to keep food cold and fresh, hearing it run constantly isn’t part of normal operation. Why is my LG refrigerator running all the time? Dirty condenser coils can overwork the compressor, causing it to run constantly. Troubleshoot a refrigerator that never stops running with these common causes.
LG Refrigerator Running All The Time?
Here’s How to Give It a Rest.
Should a refrigerator run all the time? While modern compressors do operate more frequently, with greater efficiency, they shouldn’t run constantly. Fortunately, a simple adjustment or DIY fix can usually solve the problem when your LG refrigerator won’t stop running.
LG Refrigerator Temperature is Too High
If you find your LG refrigerator running all the time, first make sure it’s set to the correct temperature. If the refrigerator or freezer is too warm, it will run constantly in an effort to keep cool. LG recommends keeping the refrigerator’s temperature at 37°F and the freezer at 0℉. The control panel’s Temperature button can adjust the temperature up or down as needed.
Refrigerator Too Full or Too Empty
The refrigerator runs optimally if it’s neither too full nor too empty. Too many items crowded together restrict airflow, making the refrigerator work harder to cool the interior. However, the refrigerator also benefits from an adequate amount of stored items to aid in maintaining cool temperatures. If it isn’t adequately stocked, an LG refrigerator runs constantly to keep cool.
When stocking the refrigerator, aim to keep it ¾ of the way full at all times. This ensures that there are enough items to aid in cooling without overcrowding. When stocking shelves, take care to leave space between items so cool air can flow freely.
LG Condenser Coils Are Dirty
Dirty condenser coils are one of the most common reasons for an LG refrigerator running all the time. These coils help cool the refrigerant in the process of creating cool air for the refrigerator. If they become coated in dust and dirt, the compressor has to run more frequently in an effort to keep the refrigerant cool.
If its internal temperature is rising and the refrigerator makes loud noises as it runs constantly, the condenser coils may need cleaning. Regular maintenance of the refrigerator should include coil cleanings every 6-12 months to ensure that the refrigerator runs optimally.
Follow these steps to clean refrigerator condenser coils:
- Locate the coils: Refer to your user manual to determine how to access the coils on your model refrigerator. Some are located behind a rear panel, while others are found behind a bottom toe guard on the front of the refrigerator. Turn off the refrigerator’s power before removing the panel or toe guard.
- Use an appliance brush: Gently circulate the brush in and around the coils to pick up as much dust and dirt as possible.
- Vacuum the coils: Use the brush attachment to carefully vacuum up any remaining debris from the coils and the floor around them.
- Replace the panel or toe guard: Restore power to the refrigerator after the panel or guard is in place.
Dirty or Damaged Door Gaskets
The rubber door gaskets create a tight seal when the doors are closed, keeping warm air out and cold air contained. A dirty or torn gasket won’t provide a proper seal, allowing warm air to enter the refrigerator and increase the internal temperature. In response, you’ll find your LG refrigerator running all the time in an effort to keep the interior cool.
You can clean a dirty gasket with a damp cloth to remove residue, dirt and crumbs that may be interfering with its seal. However, a damaged gasket must be replaced.
Is your refrigerator still running all the time in spite of these tips? It may be time for a professional assessment. Contact Action Appliance Repair for the best LG refrigerator repair Manchester!