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Loud buzzing noise from compressor area and freezer not cold enough

We have a maytag side by side (model MSD2655HEB). There is a loud buzzing noise followed by a click. This noise used to be very subtle a few months back but has been gradually increasing. Today its very loud.

Also, everything in the freezer is thawed. The freezer is cold but just not cold enough. The refrigerator side seems to be ok. Any ideas on what this could be?

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  • adua Oct 31, 2007

    Forgot to mention that buzzing noise is from the compressor area in the lower back for the refrigerator. Also, freezer is cold but not cold enough to freeze anything.

  • chardaw Jan 19, 2008

    I have the exact problem. clicks on ever couple min's (only for a few seconds, then clicks off. I thought it sounded like the relay switch but have not fixed it yet. Let me know if you resloved your problem

  • steveray1 Nov 19, 2008

    I have the same problem. I replaced the relay on the off chance that was the problem but no luck. I do have the Tecumseh compressor and do have a tech scheduled to come in to replace.

    frigetech - any info on the 5 year compressor warranty? Maytag and Home Depot will only honor a 1 year (and the unit is 3 years old - of course!)


  • Anonymous Jan 15, 2009

    I am hearing a frequent loud buzz coming from the compressor area. It sounds like it is coming from the relay switch attached to the side of the big tank (compressor?). The noise is getting more and more frequent and has started happening every 2-3 minutes. I looked and indeed I have a Tecumseh... least I think I do. There is a blue indian symbol on it.

    This is a Frigidaire GLRT217TDK1

    Bought and manufactured in 2004.

  • Anonymous Mar 03, 2009

    Same problem. Freezer is getting frosty and ice cream slowly thawing. There is a buzzing sound that lasts about 10-15 seconds. Fridge part seems OK but I don't have a thermometer to measure the actual temperature.

  • Anonymous Mar 03, 2009

    Buzzing sounds from the back of the unit lasting about 10 seconds and repeating every few minutes. Ice cream getting soft and food getting frosty.



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I have a 1.5 year old GE refrigerator and freezer. This unit had not given me any problems until 2 days ago when I constantly heard a loud buzzing sound coming from the freezer. I called GE and Best Buy (bought it there) and asked to troubleshoot this over the phone. They suggested sending a technician over for $100 just for the visit + labor + parts which could add up to hundreds of dollars. So, I researched the web and blogs like this. The answer to my problem was simple. Something that I placed inside the freezer was blocking the air circulation vent. So, I turned off the whole refridgerator and I removed everything from my freezer. For good measure I dislodged some ice and frost that had developed over the vent. I carefully put back everything into the freezer, but this time being careful not to block the vent. I turned on the power and voila! No more buzzing sound!!! I hope this works for you too.

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Look and see what kind of compressor you have.  If it is a Tecumpseh (will have a picture of an indian head on it) then the compressor needs to be replaced.  This is very common for them if the unit is 3-5 yrs. old.  If it is an Embraco compressor then I would replace the relay and overload on the compressor first.  Compressor will have a 5 yr warranty.  Relays have a 1 yr warranty.

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I have this exact problem with the same Maytag model. From what I am discovering, there could also have a bad start relay. That is easy and inexpensive to replace, especially if your fridge is still cool after more than 24 hours. If the problem persists, it is likely that the compressor has lost or is losing its freon, which means that a licensed HVAC repairman must replace the compressor. Alternatively, it's time to get a new fridge, depending on how expensive the repair will be and how old the fridge is.

Home depot parts link:

Sears parts link:
Search for the model number and find "compressor" in the list of categories.

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I'm also having the exact problem. I'd like to know what was the eventual solution. The fridge side seems fine on mine at this point. The buzzing has gotten much louder. We were gone for ten days and I noticed a soft buzz three days ago when we got back. Now stuff is mostly thawed in the freezer but still cold in the fridge. Colder than the freezer.

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