Refrigerator Normal Run Time
For refrigerators and freezers to maintain proper temperature, the compressor will run much of the time. Newer refrigerators have compressors that are designed to run 80% to 90% of the time. This makes them more energy efficient because the greatest amount of energy is used when the compressor cycles on as opposed to when the compressor is actually running.
- Upright or Chest Freezer: 0 degrees F
- Refrigerator: -5 to +8 degrees F (Freezer); 34 to 42 degrees F (Fresh Food)
- In extremely hot, humid areas, run time may approach 100%.
- Loading the refrigerator or freezer with a large amount of food, especially warm or hot foods.
- An empty or lightly-loaded freezer. The freezer should be at least 3/4 full to maintain proper temperatures and reduce time.
- When the door is opened, some of the heavy, cold air slides out of the cabinet, pulling warm air in at the top.
- Damaged or dirty door gaskets. See Refrigerator Interior and Gasket Care and Cleaning.
- Blocked air vents in the freezer section.
- Dirty condenser coils on models that do not have a NeverClean condenser. See Cleaning Condenser Coils on Refrigerator
- Interior light not turning off when the door is closed.