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When the compressor (thermostat?) shuts off, it makes a very loud noise. Freezer and refrigerated area are keeping things cold just fine. Refrigerator is 12 years old.

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The compressor has 3 or 4 internal motor support springs . Over time , one can rust , due to the contaminates in the refrigerant system . One of them can break free , which will not cause any damage , other than a clunk , when the compressor cuts off . You can still have many years of correct cooling , only the noise will be present .

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Its getting close to the grave yard by now then?
this noise is likley to be the compressor stopping and being a bit of a grand daddy it kind or knocks a little,
lets face it,, its 12 years old? you must have had your moneys worth out of it by now??? so if it knocks a bit,, its earned it dont you think?

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