I just purchased a Kenmore refrigerator - the thing is huge!
Generally, I love it but the compressor runs practically 24/7. The
settings are on default temperature, I rarely open it. Does this
indicate a problem with the compressor? I am guessing yes because how
could something be Energy Star compliant when it runs throughout the
So how do I quantify this for Sears - my retailer - so they will know
that they have to come back and replace it?
On Apr 17, 9:02 am, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I've been wondering about this myself. I just got a new Kenmore with a
bottom freezer, and while it doesn't run 24/7, it does seem to run a
lot more than my old one did (although more quietly). It doesn't give
off the heat the old one did either, the top of the fridge used to be
a handy spot for proofing bread dough!
Is it possible that it IS using less energy due to a less powerful
compressor, even if it is running more?
On Apr 17, 7:02 am, email@example.com wrote:
The new units run a bit more but not 24x7, I would think, at least my
5yr old kenmore doesnt. If its running continuosly how could it cool
at 90+ interior temps and with heavy use, Tell sears its broke and
have them send out a tech , A 25$ Kill-a-Watt meter will tell you if
electric usage is inline with its stated rating, it matches ratings
for me on many apliances over days.
The best energy efficiency can be when the compressor does not stop and
start at all, assuming that it is using only just enough energy to do the
job. This seems to be a common concern with high efficiency refrigerators,
along with taking a very long time to establish uniform and proper
temperatures. All this is a trade-off for the energy efficiency, so I would
give it a lot of time to stabilize and not be concerned about the run time.
Well, I finally got around to getting a Kill-A-Watt meter. My
refrigerator is still running for a large part of the day as far as I
am concerned. However, it must be by design because the energy usage
is right on target with the EnergyStar rating.
Now I can relax knowing my new refrigerator is working properly. That
meter was a good investment and I am sure will come in handy in the
future for other stuff.
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