Question about Kenmore Refrigerators
Making a loud humming noise and when the compressor cuts off it rattles really loud
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Does the sound occur when the compressor is starting or shutting down? and only lasts for a couple of seconds? I had one do the exact same thing. Sometimes it would also wake me up at night. If so, I'm afraid he is right. On the bright side, it worked fine for years. I gave it to a girlfriend when I purchased a bigger one and it is still working today. The only thing you can do is change the compressor, which is probably not $$ practical.
Posted on Nov 05, 2007
It will rattle slightly, this is normal. The ones that are burned out will sound like they have gravel in them, you can defininely tell something is wrong.
The problem with diagnosing Kenmore fridges with this problem is that there are different manufacturers. Yours is built by Frigidaire and probably has a Tecumseh compressor. We find more failed compressors with the Tecumsehs than we do with the models that have Embraco compressors. The models with Embraco's generally have more relay failures.
You should not hear the buzz/hum at startup. You will need to replace the compressor, which will be replaced at no charge to you if it is less than 5 yrs old.
If it is older than 5 yrs, you can have it replaced, but it will be almost as expensive as a new fridge. You can buy an aftermarket start device called a 3-in-1. This has a start capacitor built in to give it a little more boost on start up. I don't recommend using them unless it is a short term fix until the compressor can be replaced or if it is out of warranty and there is nothing to lose anyway.
Posted on Dec 06, 2007
This is probably due to a bad compressor. Humming and clicking noise comming from the compressor is typical of a bad or over heated compressor. Since you said that you cleaned the condensor coil and fan I would bet that the compressor is bad. This will affect temp of the fridge.
Posted on Nov 15, 2008
Clean the coils. what you are hearing is the valves as the pressure equqlizes. Also make sure that the fan by compressor is on while compressor is running.
Posted on Mar 28, 2009
you might be having a vibration fro the coils under the unit. it happens sometimes and can be adjusted somewhat easily. i would call for warranty service to have them repair it. and that way if i does become something else then they can get it fixed for you.
Posted on Jan 07, 2010
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