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When I used to shut my door it sounded like a whistle, kinda like an elk bugle. Now it gurgles, like water in a tube.

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Hello Tim;

My name is Peter. I am a retired field service refrigeration technician.

You do not have a major problem. This is a easy fix.

When you open your freezer door and then close it you are pushing air into your freezer. This is where the sound is coming from.

On your drain tube in the back that goes to your drain pain there might be a black rubber grommet on the end. The initial design was to put this restrictive rubber element from having air go up your drain tube. Over time the rubber dries and restricts the defrost drain and retains water.

If you have this do what I do on service calls - remove it and throw it away.

You may have a snake type drain tube to your drain pan. Once again the manufacturers engineers, with no field experience, decided to put a loop in the drain tube to prevent warm air getting into your unit. Well, the defrost condensate gets caught in the loop. That is where you are hearing the noise.

The drain tube use to be a straight tube. And so, that is where we are back to. It worked fine. Manufacturers changed it and now us technicians put the straight drain tube back in.

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