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What is wrong when refrigerator makes a high whine periodicly?

Whirlpool side by side refrigerator makes a high pitched whine at least several times to ten times a day - approxmately 20 db - like a space ship. still seems to work fine. no food or beer missing that I know of. does anyone know happening???? no kooks need reply

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HI,

The compressor moves the coolant through the unit, and the fan moves the air. Both have spinning motors that need lubricant to remain in good working order. When these items begin to fail, if they don't shut down completely, you will hear metal rubbing against metal, the high pitched noise. Normally these are sealed with plenty of lubricant and need no routine maintenance.

The bad news is there is not much you can do on your own. One fix that rarely works, but is worth a try because it is free, is to alter the balance of the appliance. Sometimes just raising the front or the back or the side shifts the weight in the offending motor off of the metal rubbing parts. Some appliances have adjustable "feet" that you can twist in or out for this purpose. Please don't tip the appliance so far that it is unstable. If this makes the whine go away, remember that this is only a temporary solution. It might last long enough for a repairman to replace the part, or it might last long enough to save up for a new appliance, but the whine will return.


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