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No. Refrigerators like to be cold. (I feel completely stupid writing that.)
Do a total cost of ownership calculation. A fridge is one of the more expensive appliances you can own. If you have an old, inefficient one, the cost of energy burned may easily be more than the cost of purchasing and operating a new energy-efficient one. If you start repairing old appliances, you could be throwing good money after bad. In the seventies I ...
The most obvious thing here is that the switch has ceased to function ... the one which turns the light on and off. The switch is usually activated by use of the door.
I had this issue with the fridge in my garage--when we first turned it on, it would trip the GFCI every 10 hours or so. I replaced the defrost timer, and the problem continued. I Googled and found lots of people having the same problem, but no viable solutions. Then I thought about how "a full cooler is a cold cooler", and that the fridge would be working ...
If the coils inside the fridge/freezer are frozen over, then the air can not circulate over the coils and the fridge/freezer will not cool. By unplugging the fridge for 24 hours, the ice melts. If the fridge starts cooling again, then you have fixed the immediate problem (iced coils) and possibly identified the root cause (bad defrost controller).
Assuming the condenser coil is reasonably clean, possibly a weak run capacitor on the compressor. If you have made changes to the refrigerant such as you would be required to when replacing the dryer then more likely contamination with a noncondensible like air or overcharge of refrigerant. Edit: I have assumed, perhaps incorrectly, that you are in the ...
Check that the cooling coils are clean and dust free. vacuum if needed. If the coils are dirty and unable to release heat it may make the compressor over heat. Or if it has a reset switch the power will be cut out before it reaches critical temperature.
You'll need to evacuate all the air that leaked into the system. The vacuum is also an opportunity test to see if the repair is done properly. It's a similar process to refilling the AC in your car after it leaked so if you use the same fittings a car shop may let you rent/use their equipment.
My first attempt was my gf's blow dryer. I let it get good and hot so it would be plyable. Helped but not 100%. So I grabbed some EZ squeeze caulking I had lying around and applied a thin layer around the area where the gap was. Seems to be holding for now. If it doesn't last I'll do my best to update this.
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