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Random knocking noise

Sounds like someon hammering for 5-10 seconds. this happens about 3 times per day.

also notice light frost on ice

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  • a1anuit Jan 06, 2009

    noise does not actually seem to originate at compressor ... however fridge continues to function so I will leave it at that for now. thanks

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There is a broken spring on the internal mount for the compressor. The only fix for this is a new compressor. If you can put up with the noise leave it alone. Expensive to replace compressor

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