Question about Refrigerators

1 Answer

I own a Whirlpool model WBM35LW refigerator, a buzzing noise lasts for about 10 seconds followed by a click. I replaced the start relay and overload but the buzzing continues, all seems normal including the inside temp. The buzzing noise is only heard in the afternoon and evening. Is the compressor on its way out?

Posted by on

  • 1 more comment 
  • Chris Sep 29, 2009

    Thanks for responding, the audible buzzing noise seems like its coming from the the start/overload relays?, don't think its not coming from the compressor, I am able to lay my hand on it during the buzzing noise its quite hot but bearable for 20-30 secs. After the buzzing and click finish I can hear the fan kick in. At times the refrigerator runs perfectly normal. The compressor does not make a rattling noise. Compela start relay and Klixon overload where relaced.

  • Chris Sep 30, 2009

    Since I replaced the relays the buzzing is like clockwork exactly 15 seconds duration, 3 minutes 20 seconds apart. I'm very sure the buzzing is coming from the relays. As I mentioned the refrigerator is working fine, I placed a thermometer on the top shelf which gave a reading of 2.8C. The refigerator is level and about a 1/2 of water in the overflow tank. The overflow is a grommet attached to the bottom of the body.

  • John Broderick May 11, 2010

    Where is the buzzing coming from? From the compressor or somewhere else?



1 Answer

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.


    An expert that hasĀ over 10 points.


    An expert whose answer gotĀ voted for 2 times.

    Problem Solver:

    An expert who has answered 5 questions.

  • Contributor
  • 18 Answers

This is usually a sound coming from the ice maker solenoid. It will buzz while it is energized and letting water fill the tray up and then you will usually hear a clicking sound when it is cutoff and the water is stopped. Sometimes if the water line on the back of the unit is not secured properly you will hear various sounds as the water is suddenly stopped and the line moves around, like a garden hose does.

Posted on Sep 29, 2009


1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of.(from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones)
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.

Posted on Jan 02, 2017


Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

Refigerator not cooling

replace the ptc overload/relay located on the side of the compressor,it aids in starting and running the compressor and is also protects the compressor

Aug 30, 2012 | Washing Machines

1 Answer

Refrigerator not cooling, freezer not freezing. Can hear fan running continuouisly and an occasional buzzing noise that lasts for about 20 seconds then ends with a clicking sound.

the buzzing and click noise is the ptc overload relay on the compressor,its bad,unplug it off the compressor and obtain a replacement and plug in the new one

Mar 24, 2011 | KitchenAid Superba KSRG25FK Side by Side...

1 Answer

Continues buzzing noise and it wont cool.

Yes, from what you are saying the cust. service is right. It at least seems that way from your description like that is your problem.
A service tech. would have to confirm that it isn't just a capacitor or relay first.
Also get a complete replacement price before getting the work done. Sometimes the replacement price is somuch that you are better scrapping the old and buying new.

I hope that this will help you to solve your problem!

Thanks for using Fixya!!


Nov 29, 2009 | Dishwashers

1 Answer

Buzzing noise lasting 5-10 sec, occurs every 4 min. Seems to be coming from relay attached to freon tub

Hi, That would be the relay/overload you hear. The "buzzing" is the start device of the compressor, and the "clicking" is the overload/cut-out protector. It may just be a faulty relay/ start device, or it may be effect of a locked rotor in the compressor. You can try to replace the start device and see if that yields any remedy, ( I recommend and use the RCO410 also known as a HS410 3 in1 hard start kit) if it doesn't start a tech, it may need a compressor and some units have a five-ten year warranty on the compressor, check your owners manual under "warranties". Hopefully that's a start for you. Good luck

Sep 29, 2009 | Frigidaire FRS26R4A Side by Side...

1 Answer

Freezer not working

That is the compressor overload. I recommend you disconnect the refrigerator now to prevent damage to the compressor. It could be the start relay or the start capacitor is defective. Let me know when you are ready to test the compressor. This is serious that you disconnect asap to prevent damage to the internal overload. What you hear now is the external overload and the compressor will be too hot to touch. Sea Breeze

Jul 21, 2009 | Refrigerators

1 Answer

Buzzing noise near compressor on an Amana refer. PARB1917CSO

I can help , It was the relay , they can blow when they experience a hard start , by replacing it and having the same issue this means the compressor is locked up , they sell a booster for this that can sometimes free the compressor up , its called an rco410 , this part will be your only chance to get your compressor going again. let me know if you have any other questions and tell me how it works out.


Jan 07, 2009 | Amana ARB1917CSL Bottom Freezer...

1 Answer

Buzzing and low temps

sound like a compresser relay/overload ,uplug the refigerator remove back cover, remove relay that is on the compressor and check it by shaking it , it should not rattle. if it does replace it..

Aug 10, 2008 | Frigidaire FRS26R4A Side by Side...

1 Answer

Problem has returned to Maytag fridge

I note this is a very old post. The compressor is not starting and what you were hearing was the PTC relay energizing followed by the KilXon thermal overload kicking off the compressor start sequence. What happens is that the PTC relays sometimes get a heated contact. Due to the weakened state of the contact it can cause a buzz. Even with a goo PTC relay you would hear the compressor buzz if it was not starting. In that case the run capacitor may have failed or the compresor rotor is internally locked at which point the start cycle will repeat every 3 to 4 minutes as the thermal overload cycles and the compressor will not start.

Thanks for choosing FixYa


Jun 18, 2008 | Refrigerators

1 Answer

Every 3 minutes the fridge makes a loud buzzing sound. seems to come from compressor.lasts about 10 seconds then stops with a click

your start system for the compresser (relay and overload) is out you will need to replace go to to look it up by your model number

May 30, 2008 | Maytag Refrigerators

Not finding what you are looking for?
Refrigerators Logo

Related Topics:

512 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Refrigerators Experts

Charles T Nevin
Charles T Nevin

Level 3 Expert

4066 Answers

John Tripp
John Tripp

Level 3 Expert

4654 Answers


Level 3 Expert

76691 Answers

Are you a Refrigerator Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides