Question about Refrigerators
I have (2) issues with my Kenmore ColdSpot w/Ice maker refrigerator, Model # 7286-2100, Serial # EL3716365, manufactured 09/01.
Fist of all the fridge makes a very loud banging noise when it shuts off. I've checked the compressor mounts & looked for any lose objects or anything touching the compressor. Can't find anything wrong. From what I've read about this problem I assume my compressor is going bad. The fridge was purchased in 01 and had been making this noise for about (3) years. Shortly after it's warranty expired (go figure). Also, it seem to be getting progressively louder. Any suggestions/fixes short of replacing the compressor and/or the fridge to fix this problem?
My other issue is with the freezer drain. About 2 months ago I discovered water on the kitchen floor in front of the unit. When I removed the freezer floor, the entire freezer floor & drain were frozen. I used a hair dryer to thaw-out both the freezer floor & drain. I then took very hot soapy water (with use of flexible tubing left over from my ice maker installation) and poured it directly down the drain & verify it was open (thawed). The water ran into the drip pan. Thus I thought the problem was solved. Now, 2 months later, I have water in the bottom of the fridge again & the freezer drain is once again frozen. I just repeated the above fix & the fridge seems to be working ok.
I've read about a Defrost Drain Strap Kit (part# 726493 for Whirlpool's available from ApplianceAid.com) to prevent this problem. Is this something that will work on my Kenmore, I think it's mfg'd by Whirlpool, all the parts listed begin with a 106, thus my fridge is a 106-7286-2100. If it will work, how difficult is it to install? Or should I check & replace the defrost timer (Kenmore part #2193084).
I've read in some previous answers that suggest taking a wire & running down the drain tube. I haven't tried this for 2 reasons, 1) after I've thawed the drain plug & ran water thru the drain tune it pours down to the drip pan, thus appears to be clear of any obstruction, 2) it's difficult to get to, the drain tube is internal & clear in the back of the freezer below the evaporator coils.
Finally, is it possible that the 2 problems are related & should just purchase a new fridge? If so, who do you recommend? I'm single thus my refrigeration usage is very low or at best moderate. I'll never purchase another Kenmore/Whirlpool so please don't recommend those.
My 13-yr old refrigerator makes a lound clunking sound when it shuts off. Other than that, it seem s to work just fine, but I'm wondering if it is nearing its end of life. Can I fix this myself by getting a replalcement part, or will it require specialty tools and/or a certified technician?
First of all the noise is the internal compressor motor hitting the steel shell on shut down. in my experience this is annoying and not really a huge concern as far as the compressor dying any time soon. now your drain problem. i would recomend the wire or heat probe that whirlpool recomends. when your freezer defrosts the water that drips off of the coil can and will flash freeze in the drain area causing it to freeze up a peice of 10 or 12 guage solid copper wire run into the drain and wrapped around your def heater will transfer enough heat into the drain hole to prevent it from freezing up.
fwiw: whirlpool in my opinion is probably one of the best appliances on the market
Posted on Dec 16, 2007
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