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Noisy refrigerator compressor (?)

Whirlpool top freezer refrigerator makes a loud clanging noise, 2-4 beats, when shutting down. Less than 10 yrs. old. Cools fine. If this is a compressor noise, is there any way to tell how long the fridge will last or if it will just die without warning?

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  • Anonymous Feb 08, 2008

    there is a noise problem in the forst free refrigerator in whirpool . when it strat in the 10 mintues the noise is slowley comes, and then increease the noise. when it swicth off for half an hour. then start the fridge the noise is not come. after one hour the noise is come. what is the reason. if arrest the noise use paper in the backside of the fridge that means the compressor and the spring the paper use it is correct or not.

  • Anonymous Apr 04, 2009

    The compressor sounds like it's vibrating and when it shuts down it clunks. The fridge and freezer work fine.

  • Anonymous Mar 29, 2014

    Diagram for compressor of whirlpool refrigerator

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This is a compressor problem, and chances are there for this to worsen if not attended promptly.

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