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Rattling in freezer

I have a Kenmore Trio, bottom freezer. There is a loud rattling noise whenever the freezer is running, much louder than normal operation. The sound is loudest near the ground, so it seems to be coming from the freezer, not the fridge. First we thought it had to do with the icemaker as it was also not making ice, but then we realized that was just because no one had attached it to the water line. It was a slightly unlevel, so we thought it was a leveling problem. We leveled and the noise is still there. Each time we tried to fix it, we had to move it out from the wall and then back again. With each move, it does not make the sound for a few days and we think we've solved it, but then it comes back after a few days.

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  • galagozian Aug 18, 2008

    I have the same problem. except I do not have bottom freezer refig. I have a

    two door refig. It is about 6 years old.

    A ratteling noise is coming from the bottom in the back and on the freezre

    side. Ratteling noise is only time to time, like once or twice a day.

    However, yesterday, it was about half an hour long and only once.

    I do not know if I need to fix it or it is the time for a new one?

  • Anonymous Jan 20, 2009

    I have a loud rattling noise coming from the back of the freezer from my 5 year old kenmore Refrigerator freezer top model. Is this something I should be concerned about? It just started yeatsreday, whenever the fan comes on.

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I have the same problem, and it seems to be caused by the compressor coils hitting each other. Sears has adjusted them twice, noise goes away for a few months, then comes back.
It has been an on-going problem for 2 years, still not fully resolved.

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The noise is most likley coming from on of the fan motors. My guess is the condensor fan motor which is on the back of the fridge at the bottom. You will need to take the back off and see if the blade is hitting something or the housing for the fan is loose. The vibration from that fan may even cause the drain pan to rattle. If the noise is coming from inside the freezer then it is the evaporator fan motor and would likely have some ice buildup around the blade for to make noise. Will have to take the grill off in the center top of the panel in the freezer to inspect this fan. There is little tab in the middle of that grill that you push up on and pop the bottom loose then pry on one side with a screwdriver, pushing inward and pull out for the grill to come off. Let me know what you find.

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