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My refrigerator seems to run a lot lately. Does the refrigerant

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My refrigerator seems to run a lot lately. Does the refrigerant need replacing or servicing when that happens? My unit is 13 1/2 yr old - Kenmore - the rubbr seems to be OK and seals well and the settings have not changed.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Appliance
Expert:  Mike replied 5 years ago.
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Can you open the freezer door and tell me if you see frost on the rear lower panel inside the freezer?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
No moisture nor frost
Expert:  Mike replied 5 years ago.
what is the temp like in the fridge and freezer? is food freezing in the fridge?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Everything in the freezer stays frozen and the refrigerator is on the low side (colder) of a thermometer I have inside.
Expert:  Mike replied 5 years ago.
Ok it seems like everything is ok, I would pull the unit away from the wall and take the lower panel off in the rear. Once the panel is off vacuum the condenser coils, this is likely the reason the compressor is running longer then usual.

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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
My first question was not answered - does refrigerant in a unit of that age need replacing or servicing - understanding that the unit keeps food cold and there is no moisture or frost build-up. It just seems to run a lt
Expert:  Mike replied 5 years ago.
No if the unit is cooling as it should there is no need to service the refrigerant, the only time to add refrigerant is if there is a leak.

The most likely reason the unit runs longer then normal is because the condenser needs to be cleaned.

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