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Refrigerator making noise at bottom rear when shutting down.

My Kenmore refrigerator Mod#106.77292790 Serial #EH2215813 makes a rattle noise when shutting down. Is this a broken spring in the compressor housing? How do I diagnose this? How do I buy the correct replacement part and get instructions for installing the new part? I am handy and can make most repairs myself. If I could spend $100 or so and make this repair I would rather do that than buy a new refrigerator at this time.

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  • jimmy753 Feb 23, 2009

    As the compressor turns off, I hear a loud thud sound. I had the repair technician diagnose this as the compressor proble. He said it would cost $600. I told him that I will wait until the fridge quits and buy a new one.

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This sounds like a compressor motor mount problem. Unfortunately, the only way to fix this is to change the entire compressor, which is something that only a trained technician can do- they will need to drain and recharge the freon. It can cause upward of $400 or more. Fortunately, your refrig will still work if you don't mind living with that sound.

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