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I have a 1997 whirlpool refrigerator that is leaking internally from the rear of the control dials. Also when the compressor shuts off there is a loud thud.

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I believe the leak is because the condensate drain line is blocked and in one moment I will send you to some pages that addresses that problem.

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    John Tripp Nov 19, 2009

    I think the thud is a compressor that has some years on it. Maybe only that but the water problem we need to fix first. First click Here=> SEA BREEZE TIP'S and once there read the top section the click Here=> HOW TO FIX A LEAKING REFRIGERATOR OR FREEZER

    If this is helpful please rate me, Thnks, Sea Breeze

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    John Tripp Nov 30, 2009

    Thank You for the Great Rate! Fixing a leak like that is worth more than money. For me if I hear a faucet drip I can't sleep! Thanks Again, Sea Breeze



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