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My MC fridge has recently been running alot more than usual.

My MC fridge has...

My MC fridge has recently been running alot more than usual. Only 2 1/2 years old. Not over stuffed.

Contractor's Assistant: What's the make and model of the fridge? And can you guesstimate how old is it?

Hvdr1040w magic chef. Only 2 1/2 years old. Had a similar one 6 years ago, had to replace that one after only 4 years.

Contractor's Assistant: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?

Well, my husband is an HVAC engineer, but doesn't get to things in a timely manner.

Contractor's Assistant: Anything else we should know to help you best?

Can't think of anything. Fridge has been running now for at least 2 hours now.

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The first thing you'll need to do is pull everything out of the freezer and remove the lower back panel inside the freezer. Look at the silver evaporator coils behind this panel and are they packed with frost, lightly frosted from top to bottom, some frost on top but not on bottom, no frost at all, etc... ? The coils should be lightly frosted from top to bottom and left to right---if so then the unit is working 100% normal and unless the doors aren't sealing up, there isn't much you can do to get it to run less.

Now if the coils are packed with frost, this means you have a defrost issue and it's preventing the air from circulating properly so you may need to replace the defrost thermostat or heater.

Lastly, if the coils are only partially frosted, this means you have a freon leak or an inefficient compressor. This would require a technician to repair and costs about $450-600 so may not be worth fixing.

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Ok, thanks Tyler. I will check this out. Hopefully it won't be too difficult.
Customer reply replied 5 months ago
How do I remove panel? And does fridge need to be unplugged?

The fridge should be unplugged. Remove the shelf inside the refrigerator. There should be screws going into the back panel you need to unscrew, then the back panel just pulls forward and out.

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
I see 2 screws on bottom part in back. Is that correct?

yes, there may be some at the top as well but I can't see from the diagram.

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Getting nervous. I just plugged the unit back in, and will wait to see if my husband will take a look at it. He works night shift at Foxwoods casino. He works on commercial grade fridges for a living. Thanks, ***** ***** your assistance. Laura Brainard ��

Alright not problem. Let me know if you need anything else when your husband gets back.

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Unit making a strange grinding sound. Reminds me of a saw going through wood. Any thoughts?

Not sure other than possibly something is hitting the fan blade. You won't know until you pull the back panel inside the freezer.

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