Question about Kenmore 73822 / 73824 Bottom Freezer Refrigerator

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My refrigerator has started making a great deal of noise.

The refrigerator is ten years old, and I am wondering if this could be a problem with the condenser. In addition the bottom mount freezer has a drip causing an ice build up on the floor of the unit.

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  • anmac Jan 16, 2009

    This refrigerator is a Kenmore, Bottom-mount no-frost, Model 18.



    It does not have a label inside the door, I am getting this info from the owner's manual.



    I am wondering if the excessive noise (similar to an airplane flying by) could be caused by a problem with the condenser (it is the only part of the appliance still under warranty).



    There is no ice-maker the water is dripping into the freezer from small hole inside, which I assume is meant for air flow, as it appears to be a normal part of the appliance.



  • Mark Egan May 11, 2010

    I don't understand one of your problems. What problem are you having that makes you think there is a problem with the condenser?

    As for the drip and ice buildup in the freezer, I assume this unit has an ice maker.

    First, check that the floor is level that the appliance sits on.
    Second, if you have an ice maker, are the ice cubes made today the same size as the ice cubes the maker originally made? If they are smaller, there is probably a crack in the ice mold, depending on the model and design of the ice maker. I will need to know the exact model number of the appliance, which is usually found on a label somewhere inside the door frame when you open the door of the appliance.


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The only part of the system that is still under warranty is the sealed system. The condenser fan, which is about the only thing that can sound like an airplane in the back of the unit, is only warranted for a year.
What often happens is there is a shroud around the fan that is made of cardboard. The cardboard warps over time, or has gotten wet or damaged in such a way that it comes into contact with the fan as it turns. You can usually get under there with a screwdriver or nut driver and loosen screws, then readjust the shroud so the fan will not hit it, then tighten the screws back down.
Now, sometimes the noise is coming from the compressor, but that whirring noise is usually hard to hear over the condenser fan noise. If it is the compressor, don't worry about it. It's not covered under warranty anyway, and that's just the way they sound sometimes. And the compressor is not serviceable anyway. But I doubt that is the problem.

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  • Mark Egan Jan 16, 2009

    And I forgot to add, the small hole dripping inside -

    Any "small" holes inside are not big enough to allow sufficient air to flow through for any reason. Are the holes intended for installation of the ice maker? If so, there should be a plug in them. What your getting is condensation that builds up around the outside of the shell of the refrigerator, draining down and finding the hole. Chances are, the water is supposed to go a different route, but without the ice maker, it finds the hole first.

    If that is the case, measure the hole diameter, and go to a home center and buy a plastic plug (hardware section) that will fill the hole. Make sure if that there is not a matching hole on the outside of the cabinet as well. If so, measure it, and buy a plug for it too. It would also be good to use an RTV sealant on the hole on the outside.


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