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Next message john sadeski (Unregistered Guest)   posted on Friday, October 28, 2005 - 8:54 am Edit Post Print Post Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)
I have an 8 year old Kenmore refrigerator that the compressor started to make a clanging sound when it shuts off, Any ideas? Thank you.
Next message Jerry (Servsr)   posted on Friday, October 28, 2005 - 9:13 am Edit Post Print Post Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)
>John, sounds like it could be a broken spring in compressor, keep it as a >spare/garage fridge and go shop for a new one.

Jerry
Next message john sadeski (Unregistered Guest)   posted on Friday, October 28, 2005 - 1:38 pm Edit Post Print Post Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)
Thanks, Jerry. It is an intermittant thing. Could it still be a spring?
Next message Jerry (Servsr)   posted on Friday, October 28, 2005 - 9:16 pm Edit Post Print Post Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)
>Either broken or weak.

Jerry
Next message john sadeski (Unregistered Guest)   posted on Saturday, October 29, 2005 - 10:35 am Edit Post Print Post Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)
When you say spring, is it the same as an internal compressor mount?
Next message Pegi Kelly (Pegi_at_sams)   posted on Saturday, October 29, 2005 - 10:57 am Edit Post Print Post Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)
The motor inside of the compressor is mounted on springs, if they get weak or break, the motor will lean and hit the side of the compressor case and make a knocking sound when the compressor shuts off. Only option is to replace the compressor, use it like it is, may last for months or years, or replace the frig.
Next message George Hanover (Unregistered Guest)   posted on Wednesday, December 28, 2005 - 6:48 pm Edit Post Print Post Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)
I have a 10 year Whirlpool frig with a Matsushia compressor that the also "clunks" when it goes off. If I rock the compressor back and forth on its mounts, something inside hits the side of the compressor shell. Is it a sign that the unit is on its death bed? I don't mind the "clunk" as long as I know the unit won't self distruct or die soon.
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Next message Pegi Kelly (Pegi_at_sams)   posted on Wednesday, December 28, 2005 - 8:03 pm Edit Post Print Post Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)
Same problem as the posts above yours, just let it run till it bites the dust...all you can do is replace the compressor or the frig...or wait till it goes out...
Next message Andy Fredette (Unregistered Guest)    posted on Friday, December 30, 2005 - 11:43 am Edit Post Print Post Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)
I have a White PSS25NGM Sears side by side that I would like to replace the doors with Stainless Steel design. Any ideas of a source and cost.
Next message Roy Murray (Roy)   posted on Friday, December 30, 2005 - 8:31 pm Edit Post Print Post Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)
This is a GE model #.
If you could figure out which door part # you could use the cost would be beyond the economices of just selling the ref and replacing it.
Next message George Hanover (Unregistered Guest)   posted on Saturday, December 31, 2005 - 2:03 pm Edit Post Print Post Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)
Thanks for info about the 'clunk'. Any thoughts or experience on how the problem might shorten the life of the compressor? I've had refrigerators that lasted twice as long as this one, but without the 'clunk. The insides would fall apart before the compressor died.
Next message Roy Murray (Roy)   posted on Sunday, January 01, 2006 - 5:41 pm Edit Post Print Post Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)
No way to tell.
Next message Adam Visitor (Unregistered Guest)  Unregistered guest
 posted on Saturday, July 26, 2008 - 3:16 pm
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I have the same clang noise problem when it shuts off...I have inglis fridge.
Unfortunately, if I want to buy a new one I have to pay double - first half for fridge and second half to move it to 4th floor apartment (no elevator) through stairs. and move the old one down. So i guess I am better off to fix the old one.
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 posted on Saturday, July 26, 2008 - 3:52 pm Post Number: 1936 Registered: 10-2001


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Adam,
Whoever replaces the compressor has to carry all the equipment to the 4th floor. This includes a reclaiming pump and tank, vacuum pump, new 134a tank, charging scale, torch set, and more. You have to figure all this into the labor charge.
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Next message Aldis Baumhauer (Unregistered Guest)  Unregistered guest
 posted on Saturday, April 25, 2009 - 2:03 pm
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Browsing the web there seem to be two types of refrig motor mounts - internal and external. This thread talks about internal (= replace the compressor). The following link:
http://http://www.acmehowto.com/howto/appliance/refrigerator/check/compmounts.php
seems to deal with external (= easy).
Does anyone know which type Sears Kenmore top freezer (ca 1996-1998) uses?
are there differences in symptoms - e.g. continuous vibration vs clunking "shudder" on end of cycle?
Next message Pegi  Moderator or Asst Administrator
 posted on Saturday, April 25, 2009 - 2:23 pm Post Number: 2346 Registered: 8-2004


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Sears Kemore could be any brand since they buy their products from others and put the Kemore badge on the front...but no matter, going to have the motor inside the compressor case mounted on springs etc, and the compressor case itself mounted on rubber mounts most likely onto the frame of the refrigerator some way... still have either the external vibrations (normal) or the internal thud/bonk/shudder/clunk noise if the internal mounts have been compromised.
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Next message Aldis Baumhauer (Unregistered Guest)  Unregistered guest
 posted on Saturday, April 25, 2009 - 4:07 pm
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OK Thanks. Sounds like the internal springs are shot. (Shudder.)
Next message matthewsnc (Unregistered Guest)  Unregistered guest
 posted on Friday, September 25, 2009 - 6:14 pm
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This sound likes whats happened to mine. Thanks for the info. It clunked for years when it shut off, now it's extremely loud when its on. Thanks again
Next message Becky Parker (Unregistered Guest)  Unregistered guest
 posted on Friday, October 01, 2010 - 4:19 pm
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Mine has also started clunking and banging when it cycles off. I've noticed the feet in front are raised about an inch, would it help to level it off and make it flat on the floor?
Next message scot hansen  Member Level 3
 posted on Monday, October 04, 2010 - 7:07 pm Post Number: 1507 Registered: 2-2008
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Nope,that will just stop the doors from swinging shut on their own, this could still operate for years making that broken spring in the compressor noise or it can fail on the next cycle.
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Next message Becky Parker (Unregistered Guest)  Unregistered guest
 posted on Tuesday, October 05, 2010 - 10:27 am
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Thanks Scot. It's a shame because I consider my refrigerator young at 10 years. Is it because of the way they are made these days? The older models seemed to last 25 years or longer.
Next message scot hansen  Member Level 3
 posted on Wednesday, October 06, 2010 - 1:36 pm Post Number: 1521 Registered: 2-2008
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Yes and no, I have seen very old units,( 35 yrs + ) do it and very young, it does not see to be some new phenomena but possibly a manufacturing glitch of some sort.
As I have stated I have had customers tell me theirs has made the noise for ten years b-4.
There are definitely durability issues with very new production models that seem to be directly related to meeting energy star requirements but this is a whole nother subject of which I do not have enough time to get into ;)
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Next message jack crabtree (Unregistered Guest)   Unregistered guest
 posted on Friday, December 10, 2010 - 8:19 pm
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Hi can anyone tell me what is the best idea. Buy a new refer and what type or have a repair man come out and fix my GE Profile that has just started to make a constant noise. Sounds like it may be a compressor. It is only 4-5 years ols. Jack ***-***-****

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Next message David Hoaglund  Member Level 3
 posted on Friday, December 10, 2010 - 8:47 pm Post Number: 1697 Registered: 3-2007
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Jack, it is hard enough to diagnose over the phone about noises let alone over the internet. If it is a bad compressor it is going to cost you a service call.

I have had noises be screws loose and sheet metal vibrating and as bad as compressors.
If it is another noise, almost any repair is less than the cost of a new fridge.

Call an independent servicer that knows GE, ask them if they know GE.

For future reference, keep you phone number off of the internet, you are asking for trouble there.
Next message Matt Kohler (Unregistered Guest)   Unregistered guest
 posted on Monday, January 31, 2011 - 10:29 pm
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My refrigerator is a year and a half old Whirlpool side-by-side. It makes a "clunking" sound for 10-30 seconds. The problem seems intermittent and I can tie it to a specific event. I pulled out the refrigerator and noticed that happens when the compressor is working. I have been the compressor wobbling back and forth when it makes this noise. It starts wiggling back and forth and then it "clunk...clunk...clunks" about 4 times per second.
I was able to capture it on video here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5FtMVt-ICA), but you can't really see the compressor. By the video you can tell the noise starts loudly and slowly gets quieter. Even more strangely, when I pull the fridge out, it doesn't seem to make the noise anymore.
Is this a compressor spring problem or something else?
Please help me! Thanks!
Next message Pegi  Moderator or Asst Administrator
 posted on Monday, January 31, 2011 - 10:45 pm Post Number: 5645 Registered: 8-2004


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Yuck Matt.....that would drive me bonkers, I would call Whirlpool and have them check it out as the compressor itself should be under warranty....if it has done this since new tell them this also....you sure gotta hope it makes that noise when the tech is there tho...be sure to have that video handy so they can hear it just in case. Might first want to be sure the rubber mountings are not missing but sure sounds like it is internal, I have never heard one make a noise like that before.....let us know what you find out please. Other members in here might have run across that before and can post their thoughts also....
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Next message Matt Kohler (Unregistered Guest)   Unregistered guest
 posted on Monday, January 31, 2011 - 11:28 pm
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Pegi - Thanks for the quick response. I have checked the rubber mounting rings and they are each there and secure.
This didn't do it when it was new. I first heard it after maybe a year, but only once a month, then twice. Now it is about once every other hour. Very strange. I believe that I only have a one year warranty on the refrigerator.
Model Whirlpool ED5LTAXVL00
Next message Pegi  Moderator or Asst Administrator
 posted on Monday, January 31, 2011 - 11:44 pm Post Number: 5646 Registered: 8-2004


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Your warranty will be found in your users manual, probably in the back pages, will be most likely a 1 year warranty on labor but more on the sealed system parts, like 2-5 years perhaps.......
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Next message Matt Kohler (Unregistered Guest)   Unregistered guest
 posted on Monday, January 31, 2011 - 11:58 pm
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I don't see where anything is covered past one year - Am I missing something?

http://www.managemylife.com/mmh/owner_manuals/5410/WHIRLPOOL-Side-by-Side-Refrigerator-L0807218
Next message Pegi  Moderator or Asst Administrator
 posted on Tuesday, February 01, 2011 - 12:16 am Post Number: 5647 Registered: 8-2004


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Damn....what a bummer, did not realize the warranty had changed so much. Well, if it is the compressor making the noise believe it will not be worth having the compressor replaced.
""when I pull the fridge out, it doesn't seem to make the noise anymore.""'

Might wanna make sure there is not something making it make the noise when you push it back in, like the compressor or a freon line hitting something when the compressor starts up. I would be trying different things to see if I could make the noise go away without breaking any freon lines, that would also make it too expensive to repair this unit. Looks kike we cannot be of more help here unless other members have better suggestions for Matt.
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Next message scot hansen  Member Level 3
 posted on Monday, February 07, 2011 - 12:36 pm Post Number: 1680 Registered: 2-2008
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Sounds like bad condenser fan motor to me, just sayin.
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Next message Vaughn Winslow (Unregistered Guest)   Unregistered guest
 posted on Saturday, April 16, 2011 - 5:18 pm
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Thank you for the recording the knocking noise! I just recieved a new capacitor / relay-overload replacement kit and as I was in the process of changing it, power cord disconnected and the old one on the kitchen floor and the new one in hand, the "darn" compressor starting making the same knocking sound with the compressor visibly shaking the same frequency as the knocking sound. I have spent some time behind the refrigerator and the knocking for our unit is some random time between cycles and this one time, the power cord was disconneted and no relay/overload installed. Would this indicate expansion noise? The unit is over 4 years old and has just started making this noise the past month or two. Kenmore model 106.57022600.
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