Question about Kenmore 53542 / 53544 Side by Side Refrigerator

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Kenmore side by side model # 106.53542300

My refrigerator came with the house so I do not have a manual for it nor do I know how old it is.. Every now and then it makes a loud buzzing noise that seems to stop when I unplug it , bang on the back and plug it back in.. I am not sure what this is but is sounds like gears that may be stuck .. I know I can get the problem to stop after a few attempts of unplugging and banging on the back but I know that is not really resolving the problem.... Can someone please help me as to what I should do or could do next to either check into or find out what I need to get fixed on it ..... ???????

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  • jilleh5 Oct 30, 2008

    1.does the refrig have an ice maker?? Yes, it has an ice maker. if so is it connected to water
    and producing ice??
    Yes, it is connected to water and producing ice. possible sound is the ice maker calling for water
    and lno water present.( easy fix, either turn off ice maker or install
    waterline).
    2.how is the cooling power of the refrig?? perhaps the
    compressor is overheating and trying to restart itself but cant, in
    which case you would notice a cooling problem
    I have noticed NO problems with it's cooling ability in ANY way. The frig is functioning normally....except for the excruciating noise it makes periodically. When I unplug it, I can hear the sound diminish as whatever is turning(and causing the noise in the first place)slows down and eventually stops turning. It sounds like a fan bearing or a turning part on a compressor, but I can see nothing-including ANY way to gain access to the "inside" of the unit where the sound is coming from.

  • jilleh5 Oct 30, 2008

    1.does the refrig have an ice maker?? Yes, it has an ice maker. if so is it connected to water
    and producing ice??
    Yes, it is connected to water and producing ice. possible sound is the ice maker calling for water
    and lno water present.( easy fix, either turn off ice maker or install
    waterline).
    2.how is the cooling power of the refrig?? perhaps the
    compressor is overheating and trying to restart itself but cant, in
    which case you would notice a cooling problem
    I
    have noticed NO problems with it's cooling ability in ANY way. The frig
    is functioning normally....except for the excruciating noise it makes
    periodically. When I unplug it, I can hear the sound diminish as
    whatever is turning(and causing the noise in the first place)slows down
    and eventually stops turning. It sounds like a fan bearing or a turning
    part on a compressor, but I can see nothing-including ANY way to gain
    access to the "inside" of the unit where the sound is coming from.




  • Ron Coons
    Ron Coons May 11, 2010

    1.does the refrig have an ice maker?? if so is it connected to water and producing ice?? possible sound is the ice maker calling for water and lno water present.( easy fix, either turn off ice maker or install waterline).

    2.how is the cooling power of the refrig?? perhaps the compressor is overheating and trying to restart itself but cant, in which case you would notice a cooling problem

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There are 2 fan's in the uint one is located by the compressor itself, and the second is loacted in freezer compartment behind hte back wall, it is possible and fairly common that the bearing on one or the other has gone bad causing your noise issue. if it soulnds as if hte noise is coming from the compressor itself, then your out of luck no repairing that item just a replacement and problalby not worth the cost

Posted on Oct 31, 2008

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SOURCE: Everytime the compressor stops there is a loud 'bang' sound.

When the compressor stops, the movements of the internal components are normally absorbed by the internal spring supports. If a spring breaks, etc., the inner moving part will contact the outer case and give a knocking noise or two when it stops. You can make the compressor (even a new one) do this by giving it a shake. The compressor will most likely run for years this way with no performance problems. It is rather expensive to replace a compressor, (especially for only a noise issue) so most people just live with it or get a new refrig and use their old one as a second refrig in a basement or where ever. Please don't bother to rate this, as anything but a Fix-Ya drops my score.

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SOURCE: New Kitchenaid refrigerator often makes sharp bang noise.

I have an old Amana bottom freezer that does that. It's because the defrost heaters are doing their job and the area around them as well as the coil is expanding rapidly. Try making certain that the cabinet is level and not on an unsteady footing. You might want to try turning the T stat in the freezer to a lower setting. Usually between 2 1/2 and 3 1/2 works best in all freezers. If none of this helps and the banging continues, get used to it or get another fridge. It seems to be a failing in bottom freezer models for some reason. It's harmless but annoying. I actually know someone who says she has the ghost of a frozen turkey stuck in her freezer that's trying to get out! LOL!

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