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How often should the Refrigerator Cycle?

I have a Kenmore top-freezer refrigerator model #253.7480240F, it is 5 years old. I noticed that it has been cycling a lot lately. It comes on for an hour then shuts off for 45 minutes. Next, it turns on for 30, shuts off for 90, then it goes on for 60. I have replaced big door seal & freezer timer switch. Nobody can seem to tell me if this is normal or what is a proper cycling for 24 hrs.

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afritz afritz
I understand how puzzling it can be to have a refrigerator constantly cycling. While you are waiting for an expert to respond, I have attached a helpful link below that may provide information to assist you with your question. Have a great day!
by afritz afritz Earned 46,230 community points in Kenmore
June 21st, 2012
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Thanks for contacting

. I understand your concern with the cycling times on the refrigerator. We are here to help. The refrigerator cycling depends on several factors: They are as follows:

The temperature in the room. The hotter the room the more often it will come on.

The opening and closing of the doors. The more often you open the door. The more it will turn on to cool the temperatures back down.

Is the refrigerator properly maintained? The condenser coil should be cleaned once a year. However, if you have pets every 6 months. A clean coil will help the refrigerator run more efficiently and cool down faster. A dirty coil will cause the refrigerator to run longer since the heat is not being release properly.

Is the door sealing properly? If the door is not sealing, the cold air will escape. That will cause the refrigerator to turn on more often and longer.

Is the refrigerator over full? Too much food inside will cause it to run longer. The air inside cannot circulate properly to keep the food at the proper temperature.

I suspect your refrigerator is working properly. All refrigerator made within the last 10 yrs are designed to run more often. That is due to high efficient compressors. I do recommend that you clean the condenser coil. That is located in the back of the refrigerator. Also place thermometer inside the refrigerator and freezer. Leave it in there 2 hrs. The freezer should read 0 degrees and refrigerator 37. If that is the temperature you measure within 5 degrees it is working fine.

If you do not feel comfortable repairing this problem yourself, then you can have it repaired at your home by a Sears Technician. You may visit

and click on the red next now button.

Please feel free to let me know if you need further assistance. We are always here to help.

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by Manage My Life
June 23rd, 2012
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