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Sears Bottom Freezer Refrigerator - Loud humming noise

We inherited a Sears bottom freezer refrigerator (maybe 8 years old) that now makes a loud humming noise for about 10-15 seconds every 30 to 45 minutes. If we open the bottom freezer door while the noise is present, the noise stops. Close the door and the noise continues. Otherwise the fridge and freezer appear to work well enough. Are we heading towards a cliff? Is there something we can do to stop the intemittent loud humming? Thanks!

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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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Posted on Feb 17, 2009

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