Tip & How-To about Refrigerators


One of the most common mistakes made while moving a refrigerator
is shaking the compressor, thereby ruining it.
The motor inside the compressor is usually sitting on springs
to allow it flexibility when it runs and to cut down on the vibration.
Especially in older units. The motor inside is wrapped in coils of insulated copper wires. When the compressor is moved it causes the motor to
bang against the inside of compressor, Causing the insulation to break
off and short out.
Just move the Ref or Freezer very slowly and carefully.
Over grass bumps is the worst. It takes a lot longer to move it but it is worth it.

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Refrigerator makes a ping pong ball noise when the fridge is moved? What is up with that? there is nothing in the manual about this issue. My refrigerator is only been in my house for 48 hours. Should I be concerned?

Hi my name is Sean, No you should not be concerned, but should try to not shake the refrigerator too much, the sound your hearing is the piston in the compressor hitting the side of the compressor housing. Its attached to springs inside and so when the refrigerator is moved it will move back and forth and hit the side of the compressor. Just make sure you dont move it while the compressor is running could damage the piston.

Mar 25, 2011 | Whirlpool 25.6 cu. ft. Side-by-Side...

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freezer not working

1.see a lot of amanas with bad compressors. if there is a clicking and/or buzzing your probably out of luck. if that is the case take the relay/overload off the unit and shake if it sound liek a baby rattle probably bad. recommend a urc relay overoad for 1/12hp to 1/6 hp compressors. anything bigger will short and ruin compressor.
2. if compressor runs check for snowy ice buid up on back panel inside of reezer. if no fan running thn check volts for fan accordingly could be either ac/dc power.
3. but the most common problem will be dferost. need to check bimetals and heater. most likey has a defrost control. if bother heaters and bimetal good replace control. note....to check bimetals the refrigerator must be below a set temp. for bimetals to close.

Aug 01, 2010 | Amana ARB8057C Bottom Freezer Refrigerator

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The panel separating my side by side refrigerator from the freezer is hot - nearly to the point of burning. Kenmore model 10653606202

  1. check if the evaporator fan motor is running (inside the freezer)
  2. Same for the condenser fan motor on the bottom in the back of the fridge
  3. Clean condenser coils underneath or in the back of the fridge
  4. if there is a frost on the back wall in freezer - you've got the defrost problem, check defrost heater, defrost bimetal thermostat, and defrost timer

Oct 14, 2009 | Whirlpool GS6SHAXLS Side by Side...

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moved our GE monogram to new house; was laid on side; now plugged in the motor does not kick on...all lights come on; worked fine before

Oooh -Refrigerators do NOT like laying down.
If you have done this - leave upright - unplugged for at least 4 hours before restarting.

If it has had this - it is possible the compressor may be offcentre inside it's black casing.
Try knocking it fairly hard once or twice, then plugging in again.
If this does not cause life to return, then it needs a serious look at to determine if it is getting power to it, if the control board is doing the right thing, and if the thermostats are set right.

Try resetting the thermostats really low to start with - and see if it wants to try cooling.

Aug 16, 2009 | GE Monogram Side by Side Refrigerator

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When the refrigerator finish cycling, the compressor shakes and rattles. What is going on?

Inside the compressor , the motor is held by 3 or 4 springs . When 1 of those springs break (either from rust or time) the internal motor will bang the inside of the compressor . This does not mean the compressor will quit , only noisey when cycling off . Only way to stop the noise is to replace the compressor OR try shimming up one of the compressor mounting legs (will take trial and error to determine which leg will stop the banging ) . Always reinstall the rear cover even when checking .

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