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My 16-year old refrig makes a single knocking noise when it starts to cool. It sometimes makes that noise if it's just sitting there. Just replaced the fan assembly behind the freezer wall. It wasn't blowing any cold air into the freezer or refrig.

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Just a thought..fan motors usually have some front to back play (looseness). When the fan first turns on ..it may make contact with something, however after a few blade revolutions, the air pressure will push the fan one way, and allow it to be quieter. If not the fan, the compressor will also have some starting torque possibly causing a knock.

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