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Refrigerator Have you ever seen a refrigerator bulging on each side? It's pretty old and probably needs replacing, but am just wondering what is making the sides bulge out. There are also some popping sounds.

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  • louweez Jan 25, 2008

    i surmise that the bulging sides will continue and eventually will cause damage to the wall and counter on either side of it. Have you heard of this happening before? Is it time to replace it?


  • louweez Jan 25, 2008

    Many thanks for your opinions -- much appreciated.



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Yes i have its from over foaming used to happen a lot in the old days are the poppins sounds when the compressor firsts cuts on if it is its from freon expansion and you can get a sound damping pad and put around the line's comming in to the evaporator

Posted on Jan 24, 2008

  • robert samples Jan 25, 2008

    well if its really old you might consider replacing it just because the newer ones are more engenry efficient but long as it was cooling good id use it till it didn't the expansion should have stopped by now

  • robert samples Jan 25, 2008

    your welcome



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