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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it has to be the compressor and has come loose on its rubber mounts and as the motor stops the internals of the compressor strike the side of the compressor body and produce this noise,tighten the rubber mounts on that compressor and it should be fine
Hello there Please follow these steps first ok It's noisyNoise can come from these areas:The
inside of the freezerThe
outside back of the refrigeratorThe
bottom of the refrigeratorThe inside of the freezerSelf-defrosting refrigerators use a circulating
fan to move the air through the freezer and refrigerator compartments.
This fan runs whenever the unit is cooling. The fan is located in the
freezer, as follows:If the freezer is on top, the fan is on the back wall,
near the top or bottom, in the center of the freezer. If the freezer is on the bottom, the fan is on the
back wall, near the top of the freezer. If the freezer is on the left, the fan is on the back
wall, halfway up or near the top.Over time, the fan may become noisy--usually
making a chirping or squealing sound, though it may make a loud groaning
noise instead. To find out if the fan is causing the noise, just
open the freezer door and push in any fan/light switches. If the noise
is louder when the door is open, the evaporator fan motor is the cause.
You can't lubricate or repair this motor. You must replace it.The outside back of the refrigeratorThere are three components on the outside back of
the refrigerator that may become noisy: the compressor, the condenser
fan motor (if self-defrosting), or the defrost timer (if
self-defrosting). The compressor is a football-sized case with no
apparent moving parts. You can see it on the outside of the refrigerator
at the back near the bottom. It is usually black and has black or
copper-colored tubes and various colored wires attached to it. If the
compressor is the device making noise, there is probably no repair that
will reduce the noise. You will have to replace it--which can be quite
costly. If the condenser fan is making noise, there may be a
build-up of lint or other debris on the fan blade. The fan is located
near the back of the machine, sometimes behind a thin panel. To clean
it, first unplug the refrigerator, remove the thin panel, and use a soft
bristle brush to clean it. If there is no lint build-up or debris on
the blade, you will have to replace the motor.The defrost timer is often located at the bottom of
the refrigerator it may make noise
You probably have a bad compressor. It's internal parts are held up with 4 springs and one of them has probably broken and causes the compressor piston to hit the side of the comp. housing. This will happen when the ref. shuts off. To be sure, if you turn the ref off at the controls then you should hear the noise in the back. If it is less than 5 years old you can get it replaced under warranty. if more than 5 years old it will just be noisy. it will most likely last several more years like it is. Let me know if I'm right.
The compressor is that black casing you see at the bottom of your refrigerator - inside this sealed case is the motor assembly which stits on 3 or 4 springs that act like a cushion - you have a little gap at the bottom where the lubricating oil is present. Your springs have likely worn out and when the compressor shuts off the assembly is banging against the rigid casing make that loud "klonk" or bang noise. It IS normal for compressor to make some faint "tick-tick-tick...tick.....tick" when shutting off, but loud banging, bell sounds, etc, means the assembly is banging on the case from the inside - you can indeed live with the noise, your compressor will function normally, probably for months, or even years - it can also keep wearing out and one day the noise might get very loud (like a very high humming noise) - There is NOTHING that can be fixed, you either pay $400+ to change the compressor or buy a new refrigerator - If you DO replace a compressor usually the replacement will be noisier - Keep a thermostat inside your refrigerator at all time to make sure your compressor is still keeping your refrigerator and freezer cool.
8yr old? Buy a new one. The cracking sound is from expansion and contraction of the cabinet and ice cooling or defrosting. It can be as simple as a bit of a top up of refrigerant, but can also be that your compressor has worn down the valve plates and therefore is not producing sufficient pressure throught the system.
I think the banging means the compressor is shot. (more like a load "clunk"). I had the same noise on a dehumifier.) I dont' think replacing a compressor is a DIY, and doubt it is economically efficient. But I leave that to the specialists to comment on. Check Craig's List in your area - you can get a good deal for a few hundred bucks.
Also, the "clanging noices" is probably the fan blades for the air circulator that moves cold air from the freezer to refrig compartment. Check the online manual for your model (exploded parts view) to see where it is located and if it is readily accessible by taking out a few screws inside the refrigerator. Might be more than one fan - open the door when it happens and see if you can locate where the noice is coming from. This is a plausible DIY - I did it only my old fridge - replacement parts were cheap. But you might even be able to just reallign the fan blades so they don't clang.
I had a whirlpool fridge that did the exact same thing. Sometimes it was loud enough to wake me up at night! It is the compressor shutting down. I had it for several years untill I purchased a larger one, and then gave it to a girlfriend at least a year ago. Its still working good today. So if you can tollerate it, just live with it. Otherwise change the compressor.