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Whirlpool top-freezer refrigerator makes loud noise

It seems to cycle on and off, making loud noise like a motor sound. I don't know how to characterize the noise. Also the icemaker is loud when filling. Otherwise the refrigerator still works really well after 14 years.

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Do you think it is the fan in the freezer or could it be the water valve when the icemaker is filling?

Posted on Nov 27, 2012

  • Lori Bynes Nov 28, 2012

    Thanks, Richard. Not sure. I pulled out the refrigerator in anticipation of looking at it when it began making noise today. And guess what? It wasn't loud all day! So I have to believe that something is rubbing against something else while it is pushed back against the wall to make the noise that I have heard before. Perhaps the icemaker tubing?

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    Richard Roth Nov 28, 2012

    OK, good! Keep me posted if it should start again. Thanks for using FixYa!

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take raer panel off inside freezer and check there is no ice build up which is hitting the fan

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You are seriously frozen up. Defrost the unit completely. Then, be aware that 'window shopping', leaving uncovered liquids in the box and poor door sealing (too heavy a load on the door ... too much on shelves) can cause condensation. Defrost with hot air or leave unplugged and open for about 2 days. You'll see alot of water come out.

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pull fridge out and listen if noise is comming from compressor or not. If not, then your evaporator fan is comming into contact with the ice from the evap.coil. Basically give unit a good overnight defrost with doors open as the insulation on this fridge is good

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SOURCE: Sears Bottom Freezer Refrigerator - Loud humming noise

That sound is usually your icemaker calling for water. you can turn off your icemaker by lifting the little arm on the icemaker. As the icemaker calls for water the valve will be activated and will hum. This sound is usually not very loud. If your valve is making that much noise you may consider replacing the valve. The part number for you water inlet valve is #2315533 The retail price is $60.18 . I do have these on hand and available to ship out today if you need one. Please just let me know. You may also consider replacing your filter if your refrigerator has one. Thanks and I hope this will fixYa
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SOURCE: Whirlpool top freezer refrigerator- compressor makes a loud noise

The compressor is that black casing you see at the bottom of your refrigerator - inside this sealed case is the motor assembly which stits on 3 or 4 springs that act like a cushion - you have a little gap at the bottom where the lubricating oil is present. Your springs have likely worn out and when the compressor shuts off the assembly is banging against the rigid casing make that loud "klonk" or bang noise. It IS normal for compressor to make some faint "tick-tick-tick...tick.....tick" when shutting off, but loud banging, bell sounds, etc, means the assembly is banging on the case from the inside - you can indeed live with the noise, your compressor will function normally, probably for months, or even years - it can also keep wearing out and one day the noise might get very loud (like a very high humming noise) - There is NOTHING that can be fixed, you either pay $400+ to change the compressor or buy a new refrigerator - If you DO replace a compressor usually the replacement will be noisier - Keep a thermostat inside your refrigerator at all time to make sure your compressor is still keeping your refrigerator and freezer cool.

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