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The refrigerator makes a buzzing sound for a few seconds and then stops.

We have a Whirlpool refrigerator Model GB2SHDXTS00 with a bottom freezer. The manual said the refrigerator would make a number of sounds that our old refrigerator did not make. Over the past few days I've been hearing a sound that I don'r recall hearing before. There is a buzzing sound for a few seconds and then it stops. Sometimes the sound will occur twice in a short space of time. My wife said she thought the refrigerator had been making that sound, that is was not just a recent sound. The refrigerator appears to be working fine, I'm just concerned about what I think is a new sound.

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  • Frank Wendling Apr 17, 2009

    I don't think the sound is mechanical. I think the sound is electrical. It reminds me of an electrical switch or relay that is trying to open but can't, so it shuts off again.

  • Frank Wendling Apr 20, 2009

    Thank you for your response. Your comment about blockage is what happened I think. On Saturday my wife noticed a package of frozen food in the freezer that was partially blocking airflow. After she moved the package we haven't heard the sound again.


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It is very possibly the fanblade either touching the side of the cowling or some ice.

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  • Shane Seaman Apr 20, 2009

    There is a thermal overload on the compressor which would operate in case of problems such as a blockage in the refrigeration system or low or high voltage. This would sound like a click and then nothing which would happen again after about 3 to 5 minutes. If the voltage gets back to normal the compressor would simply start and run again. But with all this clicking you would notice a difference in refrigeration temperature.


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