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Fridge makes very loud noises when door is closed and motor is on. When the door is opened the noise stops. It sounds a bit like machine gun fire or the motor is about to give out. Do you know what the problem is?

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  • dma_spike Sep 26, 2008

    Fridge is a whirlpool, upright with Freezer at the top. 362Litre, with model number wrn38rwg6.

    The noise has been progressively getting louder over the last couple of weeks.

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When was the last time you defrosted your fridge? Try to defrost it first and please unplug the power while defrosting for couple of hours. If it didn't fix it, more likely its the problem with the motor and the fan. Have it serviced by a ref tech if you can't DIY it.

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It sounds to be the motor .
How old is your Fridge ?
By the way what brand is your fridge ?
model no?

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A loud sound noise is cause by a defected motor maybe the bearing in the motor shafting is worn out already.

Hope it may help you;

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Hi thanks for the question yes i do know . its the freezer fan hitting ice build up in freezer remove panel and clean try again if it re occurs you have a defrost problem thanks the appliance doc

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Hi,

Initially, would suspect the evaporator fan blades hitting something or a misaligned vent. Pls post back the make & model.

Other areas to check would be:

  • loose covers, flaps or anything outy of the ordinary;
  • compressor support;
  • condenser fan (at the rear) if present;
  • anything else that could be checked visually.
Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards. Thank you for using FixYa.

Posted on Sep 26, 2008

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    Louie Role Sep 26, 2008

    Hi again,

    Thank you for the additional information.

    Based on your description of the noise/sound, it could only be a repetitive hard object hitting another hard object. To my knowledge, there would only be two (2) parts in a refrigerator that could make such a continuous sound:


    • fan blades; and/or

    • compressor motor.
    If you are somewhere in Australia or New Zealand, then this model would have to been marketed sometime since 2000 and is is manufactured by Samsung on behalf of Whirlpool to supplement the range of refrigerators manufactured by Whirlpool for your region. You may want to check the rubber compressor mounts. Move the unit to give you access at the back to enable you to locate the source of the noise. It is possible to be internal to the compressor motor.

    If it is the fan blades, then a manual defrost would be required. This would melt the accumulated ice and give you access to visually inspect the fan. The fan's purpose is to draw cold air from the freezer and vent it to the refrigerator section. In some versions/models, the fan has a vent or vane cover that could become loose and obstruct the flow of air or worst hit the fan blades when they rotate.

    If it is the compressor motor, it would be more louder from the rear.

    Incidentally, some versions/models have also a fan at the condenser coils (at the rear).

    Cheers.




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