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My Kenmore refrigurator compressor shakes and makes a loud noise in the compressor when the compressor shuts off. It sounds like something is moving around inside it. It seems to be keeping the refrigurator and freezer cold. Is my compressor failing or what may be the problem?

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Is your frig is on perfect level?
yes it could be a sing of a soon breaking compressor

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