Modern refrigerators save energy by running longer, but at a slower speed. Most of the energy used in a refrigerator is from starting the compressor.


These are factors that contribute to a refrigerator running too frequently or too long:


  • The compressor will run longer after the initial installation or after a long power outage.
  • The refrigerator will run more if the room has high humidity or high temperature.
  • Doors may have been opened frequently or for an extended period of time.
  • Warm food may have been placed in the fresh food or freezer compartment.
  • Check the gasket for a proper seal. Make sure it is not damaged.