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Condensor sounds like it moans for a couple of seconds instead

The frig does not sound like it is running correctly, it sounds like the condensor moans for a couple of seconds, everything is cooling correctly but I wonder if it about to go out

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    Walter Whitaker May 11, 2010

    Did you mean the compressor?

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Hello aeruslady1,

Do you mean the compressor? I'm sure you do. The condenser is the hot refrigerant line that comes off of the compressor.
It just sounds like you have an old compressor. I have seen them make noises for years before they take a dump. If it continues to run loud even after it starts however, then you may need to clean the condenser coil or replace the condenser fan motor. Another thing that might make it run loud is some refrigerant lines may be rubbing against something. This can be remedied by bending the lines.

Hopefully this helps.

Sincerely,

shays5415

Posted on Dec 03, 2008

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Hi,

Welcome to FixYa.

I`ll start by letting you know first the heat between the doors is normal...to a degree, and done by design to help prevent moisture along the "breaker strip"/divider.( "where the doors come together when shut" )

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If needed the new fan assembly comes in a complete kit, part # W10124096...

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