Rattling compressor on Kenmoore bottom freezer refrigerator
My Kenmoore bottom freezer refrigerator started making a buzzing/rattling noise yesterday. it happens every 3 minutes and 15 seconds. begins with a click and ends with a click, has been repeating for the past 24 hrs. since that time the freezer has been slowly warming. opening up the back, the noise is coming from the compressor. is there something besides the entire compressor unit that it could be? This fridge is 5 years old, has had trouble lately with coils freezing over. never figured out what to replace with that problem, just been defrosting every 7 days with a hair dryer. could they be related?
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IF IS NOT 5 YEARS OLD YET CALL A TECH ASAP THIS MODELS HAVE A COMPRESSOR THAT ARE FAMOUS FOR LOCKING UP AND THE ONLY FIX IS TO REPLACE IT BUT FIRST DISCONNECT AND REMOVE BACK COVER AND RIGHT BY THE COMPRESSOR THERE IS A SMALL BOX ATTACHED TO IT CALL A OVERLOAD REMOVE IT AND SHAKE IT IS IF RATTLES THEN JUST REPLACE THAT PART IF IT DOESNT RATTLE CALL A TECH
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check the start device first,this is located on the side of the compressor,unplug the machine,pop off the clip,slide the cover off and then the start device,the easiest way to check it is just to shake it,if you hear pieces rattling around in it the device is bad or you have a bad compressor if the device is good.call your parts store,give them the full model number and p number off of the machine and they will sell you the correct part,also is the coil blocked with lint and dust and check to make sure the condenser fan is running back there when and if it runs,i wouls buy the device it's around 50 dollars,if the compressor is buzzing or clicking it will either be the start device or the compressor.good luck and i hope it's not the compressor.
Noise can come from these areas: The inside of the freezerSelf-defrosting
refrigerators use a circulating fan to move the air through the freezer
and refrigerator compartments. This fan runs whenever the unit is
cooling. The fan is located in the freezer, as follows:If the freezer is on top, the fan is on the back wall, near the top or bottom, in the center of the freezer. If the freezer is on the bottom, the fan is on the back wall, near the top of the freezer. If the freezer is on the left, the fan is on the back wall, halfway up or near the top.Over
time, the fan may become noisy--usually making a chirping or squealing
sound, though it may make a loud groaning noise instead. To
find out if the fan is causing the noise, just open the freezer door
and push in any fan/light switches. If the noise is louder when the
door is open, the evaporator fan motor is the cause. You can't
lubricate or repair this motor. You must replace it.
The outside back of the refrigeratorThere
are three components on the outside back of the refrigerator that may
become noisy: the compressor, the condenser fan motor (if
self-defrosting), or the defrost timer (if self-defrosting). The
compressor is a football-sized case with no apparent moving parts. You
can see it on the outside of the refrigerator at the back near the
bottom. It is usually black and has black or copper-colored tubes and
various colored wires attached to it. If the compressor is the device
making noise, there is probably no repair that will reduce the noise.
You will have to replace it--which can be quite costly. If
the condenser fan is making noise, there may be a build-up of lint or
other debris on the fan blade. The fan is located near the back of the
machine, sometimes behind a thin panel. To clean it, first unplug the
refrigerator, remove the thin panel, and use a soft bristle brush to
clean it. If there is no lint build-up or debris on the blade, you will
have to replace the motor.The
defrost timer is often located at the bottom of the refrigerator, near
the front and behind the kick plate. Occasionally the electric motor
inside the timer may become noisy. The timer must be replaced to solve
The bottom of the refrigeratorNoises
detected at the bottom of the refrigerator almost always originate from
the back of the refrigerator. However, sometimes the drain pan under
the refrigerator will rattle. You may need to tape the pan in place to
stop a rattle. Also see the “Outside back of the refrigerator.”
yea that is the compressor relay, you will start to notice your food to thaw out and get bad. try to unplug for about an hour. if then it still does that call www.whirlpoolpartssurplus.com and get a relay kit.