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Popping sound from refrigerator

I have a 6-year-old Kenmore top-mount refrigerator that four months ago started giving off a loud popping sound about every 30 minutes. The refrigerator works fine, but I'm wondering if something has gone wrong. It seems unlikely that this sound would all of a sudden come from the expansion and contraction of the inside walls of the refrigerator. We haven't cleaned the coils on the refrigerator because of the diffulty in pulling the unit away from its spot in the kitchen. Any advice?

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  • Pudge2 Dec 09, 2007

    Okay, I'll listen more closely, but the problem is that I would have to stand by the refrigerator for 30 to 40 minutes and wait for the sound. Perhaps we can pull the refrigerator out and dust off the coils. I'll try that around Dec. 28 when my son will be here to help me on that. I hope that's not too late to receive further help if I need it.
    Pudge2

  • Pudge2 Dec 09, 2007

    I don't have an icemaker.
    Pudge2

  • Pudge2 Jan 14, 2008

    I cleaned off the coils and checked the back of the refrigerator. But the popping sound still comes every 30 minutes or so. I sounds as if the popping sound occurs only when the fan comes on each time. Is this reasonable?

  • Pudge2 Mar 25, 2008

    Dear the Doc:




    Yes, the popping sound still comes from the refrigerator about every 30 minutes. But it doesn't last 10 seconds; it is a 1-second popping sound. The refrigerator doesn't run constantly, and I don't have an ice maker. But the loud, popping sound is troublesome.


    Pudge2

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It is probably the sound of the ice being made. Contact Kenmore support if you think it is really bad.

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Hi it sounds like the sound you are going on about is the sound you get when the freon levels have dropped they drop after time and will need topping up but the only problem is this is expensive to do and can cost nearly if not more than the price of a new one.
Its upto you you can either leave it as it is it might be fine for another few years or it could pack up in 6 months what happens is when the freon level drops the fridge wont cool as well as it used to do and eventually it wont cool at all sometimes they will last years and sometimes only few months so its upto you continue using it as it is knowing that it will need replacing or replace it no knowing that you wont waste any food due to it not cooling.
The price of getting the freon topped up will probably be more than the price of new fridge let me know what you want to do or if you need further assistance

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Could it be the icemaker??? Try and determine where the sounds are. Sometimes refrigs do make a popping sound when the freon is being metered at the evap. The coils being very dirty could possibly not be letting the hot vapor freon from being totally condensed into liquid at the metering device. This liquid/vapor mix could be the popping you describe. Let me know what you find and ill be glad to help.

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    joey shearer Dec 09, 2007

    has the sound happened again???

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    joey shearer Jan 15, 2008

    Does the popping sound happen for around 10 seconds when the unit cycles on?? This is a pretty normal sound that some refrigs have. It is extrememly hard to diagnose noise complaints via computer. It could be so many different things. I have to disagree with pauldonp about the freon level being low.. refrigerators have such a small amount of freon that the factories dont provide ports to recharge the freon. If indeed the freon is getting low you will notice that the unit runs all the time also, also that the freezer temp will be above 0. Ice cream may also be softer than normal.

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