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Refrigerator not working

After making a louder than usual grumbling noise several times today, my refrigerator is no longer cold (freezer too). Please tell me I don;t have to buy a new one.

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Every 20 minutes, my freezer would make a crackling like noise. What does this mean and how can I fix this?


Refrigerators are not the most complicated appliance in the house, but it still takes a lot of parts working together perfectly to keep your food cold. If one of those parts breaks down, or begins to, you may start to hear new noises from your refrigerator. Fridges make some noise during regular operation, but if it suddenly gets louder or makes a different noise, it is a good sign that something is wrong.

Freezer Fan
Freezers can be located on either side of the refrigerator, or may be at the top or the bottom of the unit. If you hear a noise coming from the area in which the freezer is located, you should open the freezer and see if the noise gets louder. Any squealing sounds coming from this area indicate a broken freezer fan. These units are not designed to be repaired, and eventually one making a loud noise will break and need replacement.

Condenser Fan
All motors typically require a fan in order to maintain a safe operating temperature. Like the fan in the freezer, the fan that runs on the condenser can also break down and create a similar squealing noise. The location of the fan noise is what differentiates the freezer and condenser fan problems. If you hear a fan noise coming from the lower part of the fridge at the rear, it is likely the condenser fan causing the problem.

Action to do
Open the freezer to see if the noise gets louder. If the noise becomes louder with the freezer open, the noise is likely caused by the evaporator fan. If the evaporator fan is the culprit, replace it to get rid of the noise.

Pull the refrigerator away from the wall, and check the condenser fan at the back of the fridge. A metal panel may cover the fan, which can be unscrewed. Listen to see if the fan is the source of the noise. If it is, the fan may need to be cleaned or replaced.

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REFRIGERATOR FREEZER IS MAKING A NOISE


Noise inside the Freezer
If your freezer is making a squealing or a little chirping sound, your condenser or evaporator fan is the cause. Open up the freezer door, and the noise usually gets louder. The location of the fan depends on your model freezer. Usually, the fan is located on the rear wall of the freezer. The fan can lose lubrication or become rusty over time. You cannot repair the fan. You must purchase a new one.
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Sep 05, 2011 | Refrigerators

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Our fridge works continuu and makes a strange and louder noise than usual.


Hi,

Many times a freezer and/or refrigerator do not work right because of a dirty condenser coil...there are also many other things that can go wrong.


If you are hearing a clicking or buzzing then check out the last two tips.

If your refrigerator is running but warm, then...

Check out these tips that I wrote about that... it is a great place to start trouble shooting your unit...and something that you can do rather then calling a repair person to do a simple thing for you...

Refrigerator Condenser Coil Cleaning Refrigerator Repair

Refrigerator Troubleshooting Refrigerator Compressor

Refrigerator Compressor Start Capacitor and Start Relay


Refrigerator or Freezer not Cooling or Getting Cold

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Mar 13, 2011 | Refrigerators

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The motor is running alot and with a louder running noise than usual, the refrigerator is working fine


Hi,

Many times a freezer and/or refrigerator do not work right because of a dirty condenser coil...there are also many other things that can go wrong.


If you are hearing a clicking or buzzing then check out the last two tips.

If your refrigerator is running but warm, then...

Check out these tips that I wrote about that... it is a great place to start trouble shooting your unit...and something that you can do rather then calling a repair person to do a simple thing for you...

Refrigerator Condenser Coil Cleaning Refrigerator Repair

Refrigerator Troubleshooting Refrigerator Compressor

Refrigerator Compressor Start Capacitor and Start Relay


Refrigerator or Freezer not Cooling or Getting Cold

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Bad capacitor/relay or compressor?


that is most likely a relay. Does the unit get cold while running?

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Fridge makes chirping noise


Some areas noise may come from:
Inside:
Whenever the refrigerator is cooling a circulating fan is operating to move air through the freezer and refrigerator. This fan can be found in one of several locations: For freezers positioned on top of the refrigerator the fan can be found on the back wall at the center of the freezer; If your freezer is on the bottom then the fan will be near the top on the back wall of the freezer; and if your freezer is on the side the fan will be on the back about 1/2 way up or near the top.
These fan tend to wear out over time and make a noise like a whistle or chirping sound. Open the freezer and press any switch. If the noise is louder with the door open the motor that operates the evaporator fan is likely the cause. This fan cannot be serviced in any way and must be replaced.
The back of the refrigerator:
The compressor, defrost timer, or the condenser fan motor may be the cause of noise from the back. The compressor is located near the bottom and is identified by it's small black case that appears to have no moving parts, but several colored wires coming out of it. If you find the compressor is what is making the noise then you will have to replace it in order to get the noise to stop, these aren't serviceable (and can be expensive). Near the back of the refrigerator you'll also find the condenser fan. Sometimes this fan gets clogged with debris and can make a lot of noise as a result. If this is the case then simply clean the blade with a soft bristled brush, you can usually get one of these brushes from a hardware store, or you can order it from us by calling our 800 number. If it doesn't need to be cleaned then the whole motor may need to be replaced.
The defrost timer is usually found behind the kick panel. The timer has an electric motor attached to it that may become noisy over time and will need to be replaced in order to get it to be quiet again.
The bottom of the refrigerator:
Noises detected at the bottom of the refrigerator almost always originate from the back of the refrigerator. However, sometimes the drain pan under the refrigerator will rattle. You may need to tape the pan in place to stop a rattle. Also see the “Outside back of the refrigerator.”

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Frigidaire FRS23H5AS refrigerator - freezer not cold


Humming noise would be your compressor going bad. The noise from the fan is because they are over working to try and keep everything cool

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Refrigerator not working


Hello bobbie50,
Welcome to Fixya,

You said, After making a louder than usual grumbling noise several times today, my refrigerator is no longer cold (freezer too). Please tell me I don;t have to buy a new one. my refrigerator is not working properly. The freezer keep thing cool but will not freeze. the bottom part does a little cooling ,but not like it should.


Help me with a little info.
What is the model # and the year or age of your fridge?
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Unusual fan noise


sounds like you need a new fan motor or blade

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Popping noise


what you are describing sounds like the refrigerant flowing through the evaporator that is in the freezer. when the weather is hotter and more humid out the unit has to work harder to keep it cool so you may hear more noise due to the compressor running longer and more often. so most times it is normal to hear it at some point in time.

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