My refrigerator runs way too much - is this because it doesn't seem to be level? It doesn't seem to be any other reason.
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A fridge motor is controlled by a thermostat - a device that reacts to temperature inside the fridge. So fridge motor starts/stops are completely agnostic to whether the fridge is level, the only practical consequence of fridge being non-level is extra noise.
The most likely reason for fridge motor running too often are the following:
Some additional reasons a fridge may be running too much, beyond what sharptooth posted::
Also, I know it's recommended for a fridge to have a certain amount if clearance behind, around, and underneath. If it is too close to the back wall or there is a bunch of junk under/around it preventing proper circulation, it can adversely affect it. I am not sure if this will cause it to run more, or just be less efficient.