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Fridge stopped working loud pop\bang

I heard a loud popping sound in the kitchen, couldn't see anything obvious, then about an hour later it did it again. I opened fridge door, light wasn't on and fridge was not working. Pulled it out to unplug it and it did the same noise and my son's friend said he saw a blue flash through the crack in the door. The fridge has now been unplugged for 24 hours and I have just heard the same noise again. Can you tell me what you think it is?

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  • jek8 Nov 16, 2008

    Yes,I do still need an answer but am on a tight budget and can't afford to pay for it, I was hoping someone would advise me so that if I needed to call out someone I could have an idea of the problem and not get ripped off. Can you help me if I can't pay?

  • TNGW1500SE Dec 17, 2008

    Mine does that too! Wish I knew what it was.

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compressor has failed. not a diy job

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SOURCE: SRL551DP, fridge stops, display on door flashing.

You most likely have a problem in the freezing/cooling circuit. Check your condenser, evaporator fans to see if they are running okay. Most likely it may be the condenser fan.

Posted on Dec 18, 2007

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SOURCE: Whirlpool Gold Fridge w/ freezer on top. LOUD banging noises.

I think the banging means the compressor is shot. (more like a load "clunk"). I had the same noise on a dehumifier.) I dont' think replacing a compressor is a DIY, and doubt it is economically efficient. But I leave that to the specialists to comment on. Check Craig's List in your area - you can get a good deal for a few hundred bucks.

Also, the "clanging noices" is probably the fan blades for the air circulator that moves cold air from the freezer to refrig compartment. Check the online manual for your model (exploded parts view) to see where it is located and if it is readily accessible by taking out a few screws inside the refrigerator. Might be more than one fan - open the door when it happens and see if you can locate where the noice is coming from. This is a plausible DIY - I did it only my old fridge - replacement parts were cheap. But you might even be able to just reallign the fan blades so they don't clang.

Posted on Oct 26, 2008

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SOURCE: Fridge intermittently bangs like very loud champagne cork popping

Sometimes when fridge first starts they can sound like water dripping into hot oil or deep fryer, this is caused by liquid refrigerant returning to compressor which has hot oil in sump, this is normal and no need for alarm, unless the fridge is not keeping temperature.

Posted on Nov 13, 2008

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SOURCE: F&P E442B - Knocking/cracking noise

You need to make a vacuum breaker, break a lollipop stick in half and attach to the gasket at the bottom of the fridge door, that should sort it.

Posted on Mar 10, 2009

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