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Loud vibrating sound with compressor starts up

We purchashed a HotPoint side by side refrigerator Model HHS251FMS WW in July of 2002. Now when the compressor starts up there is a loud vibrating sound that comes from right side wall of the fridge. About half way down the side.

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Remove the back cover and visually inspect the small fan under the fridge, chances are the fan or blade has become unbalanced or the mount has come loose or failed.

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