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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?

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  • 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?

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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.

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