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Fridge keeps ticking when not running???

My fridge works fine but keeps making a clicking sound. I unplugged and cleaned out access panel and coils of hair and dust and plugged back in but still clicks. Any help would be greatlty appreciated. Kevin

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My freezer have flasing lamps and it not freezing ,it had pulled of and after it it is not workig!!!

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Re: Fridge keeps ticking when not running???

Kevin, I'm going to give you a few scenerios to check out. The evaporator fan, inside the freezer will sometimes come in contact with ice and make this noise. Check your condensor fan, in back and make sure that is not hitting the shroud. If the overload on the compressor is tripping it will make a clicking sound, but it would be about every 4 to 5 minutes. If the unit goes into defrost, the evaportor coils tend to make a clicking sound. If you can be more specific as to where the noise is coming from, we might be able to help you back.

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The clicking noise is likely the compressor overload tripping.

Here are some tips that may help solve your problem:

  • You will need to clean the condenser coils under the refrigerator. Unplug the refrigerator to completely disconnect electrical power. Carefully remove the cardboard cover at the bottom of the back panel of the refrigerator to access the coils and clean under the refrigerator. To thoroughly clean the coils, I recommend that you obtain and use a coil brush. It is a long, round brush with a handle designed for cleaning refrigerator coils.
  • Check your condenser fan to make sure that it is running when the compressor is on. If not, this could be causing your problem.
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