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Whirlpool side-by-side fridge model ED5FHEXNB00 started making periodic loud buzzing noise from the bottom rear, behind the cardboard cover. Sounds like a fan issue. The tone/frequency of the buzz increases when I move/flex the cabinet, and lowers just before it switches itself off.

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Whirlpool side-by-side fridge model ED5FHEXNB00 making loud pulsating vibrating humming noise when it switches itself on.

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It is either your condensor fan motor(most likely)or your compressor. Good luck!

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