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Motor noise When the motor turns off it makes a loud clunk and screach noise. We have cleaned the coils, and tried to relevel it but the noise still persists.

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  • Paul Movall Nov 15, 2006

    Thanks for the suggestion. I took the back panel off and did find that the compressor is making the noise. It shakes quite a bit when it turns off, thereby making the noise. I was also able to recreate just by shaking it by hand (pushing on the side of it while still mounted and letting go quickly). I was not able to tighten any of the mounting bolts. Are we on the last leg of the compressor or is there something else I can try? Thanks in advance for any suggestions!

  • Paul Movall Nov 16, 2006

    Thanks for responding. I'll try to provide more details.

    The noise isn't coming from any of the tubes, it is from inside the compressor. When it makes the noise, it shakes ALOT. Other times it will shut off gracefully and not shake. I was able to move the compressor with my hand probably more than 1/4" - is that typical?

    I could only see three of the mounting bolts and there didn't appear to be anything wrong with the bolts or the mounts. I could not see the fourth one as it is behind the compressor, but I did not feel anything unusual compared to the others. I was unable to turn any of the bolts more than a small fraction.

    If I wanted to do something with additional insulation, where would I place it? Or should I just be looking to replace the mounts? Thanks in advance for your expertise!

  • Anonymous Jan 25, 2009

    Clanging during shutoff was noticed for awhile, now noice is constant when running-probably motor is going bad-right?

  • Anonymous Mar 23, 2014

    Whenswitching on boiler to top solar psnels heated water dreadful noises come from loft but stop when boiler switched off



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You can remove the lower back cover panel and visually see the compressor and fan. Check the mounting bolts on the compressor to see if they are loose allowing the compressor to bounce around in there. You can also "stall" the fan with a wash cloth to stop the blade from turning (it's OK just try not to bend the blades). That will eliminate the fan squeaking as it coasts down to a stop. Better to stuff a wash cloth in while the fan isn't running. Turn the t-stat up to colder to force a run condition for a minute or two then turn the t-stat down and watch the compressor and listen for those sounds again.

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    Marc Wilson Nov 15, 2006

    The compressor is probably fine and not on it's last legs. The mounting rubber that allows the flexing may be torn somewhere letting the compressor move more than it typically should. Can you tell where the tubes, etc. are hitting and causing the noise? Some cork insulation sheet makes a good material to isolate things from rubbing, etc.



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