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Compressor makes "clunking" noise when it turns off

Every once in a while the compressor on my 12 year old GE Profile side by side makes a clunking noise as it shuts off. Sometime you don't hear it for a week or two and then some days it clunks every half hour or so. Is this terminal?

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    IN have the same problem with my profile and wonder if it means it's goinf to quit soon.



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No I did not get any replies on my GE Profile refrigerator problem. Your question said "Amana".

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