Question about Amana 22.6 cu. ft. Side-By-Side Refrigerator with FrontFill Ice and Water

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I purchased a side by side SBDT520 in Australia in December 1991. I love this fridge other than it has become much noisier over time. I am guessing this is the compressor. Amana is no longer available in Australia and other models do not measure up in quality - any help?

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Hi and welcome to FixYa I am Kelly. Noise as a Fridge gets older.... 12 years and up are not uncommon. Actually there are little things that cause them to start making noise. The rubber grommets on the compressor are torqued each time the compressor starts and stops so the eventually wear out. They are a cheap repair and if you have even the slightest bit of mechanical ability you can change them yourself. The noise you are hearing is most likely vibration of the compressor against the naked mounting stem because the 3 or 4 isolation grommets are worn out. Also things like the condensor fan and evaporator fan bearings also are worn over that same period. You can get generic fan motors for each application and have them replaced if you suspect either fan. If your electric bill is not climbing little by little each month the compressor itself is probably just fine. If you want to keep your refrigerator and your not capable of "doing it yourself" then by all means have a service person evaluate your machine. Trust me the service call is cheaper than a NEW fridge. I would ask what it would cost to "slience the unit?" My best guess from here is including the service call while replacing both fans, the rubber compressor isolation mount grommets, and cleaning the unit is right around $200.00 USD.

Also in the freezer section there are at lease 2 peices of Styrofoam or in som cases foam rubber that isloate the evaporator coils from the cabinet these too over long periods experience wear just from cooling and thawing (expansion and contraction) via normal use. The service person can replace the foam rubber or install foam rubber where the styrofoam has worn.

Another thing that can cause noise is lint build up in the condenser cooling fins that eventually block the condensor fan air flow or impede fan blade movement. If the uint has been around since Dec 91 then I am certain you have done some basic condenser coil cleaning over the years. If not it sure is time to do so.

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Hi!!

The noise may be due to extermal factors, like condenser fan or compressor fastenerrs coming loose. Make sure the compressor and fan/condenser housing on the bottorm back side of the unit is clean and thight. If the unit is working fine. maybe all it needs is a little maintenance.

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