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Our 5 year old Amana Refrig has developed a new & strange noise in the last few days. Mod ARB2557CW, Mfg PARB2557CW0, S/N 10918811CV. Only happens when compressor is running. The noise is a faint sympathetic vibration which starts, continues awhile (say 17 seconds) then shuts off abruptly (like someone flipped a switch) all while the compressor is still running. It can repeat this cycle more than once during a compressor run. We never hooked up the ice maker. P.S. Killing power to the refrig also kills the vibration sound. Restoring power can restore the vibration sound. The refrig is the only load on this breaker.

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  • eclester Aug 24, 2010

    The compressor and fan sound quite normal.
    As I explained the strange noise comes ON at random intervals for approximately 17 seconds, then shuts OFF like someone flipped a switch. I am not sure but the strange sound may occur even with the compressor not running. Since my original post we have discovered the freezer compartment is not holding cold temperature, i.e. the ice cubes have melted. Is there some kind of defroster that could be running applying heat to the freezer and other compartment in 17 second long bursts?

  • eclester Aug 24, 2010

    I entered an extensive reply to ovoblow11 and it apparently got deleted by your system.
    Would ovoblow11 please advise me if he,she or it, received my reply to it's solution?



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The noise you hear is most likely the self defrost cycle. Have the evaporator motor checked out. Deforst the refridgerator for twelve hours and then check to see if the noise goes away

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The problem may be caused due to a damaged noisy refrigerator compressor. A compressor is a single part, without any other moving part and is football sized. It is usually black in color and situated at the bottom with some tubes or wires attached to it. If this compressor is making noise, which will generally be loud enough, it needs to be repaired by a professional. The compressor might also be needed to be replaced and of course, it is quite expensive.

The next cause of noisy refrigerator can be the condenser fan. Dust and debris can jam the fan blades leading to improper functioning of the fan leading to a noisy refrigerator. Generally the fan is covered by a thin panel. In order to fix this fan and hence the noisy refrigerator, first of all unplug it. Now remove the panel and clean the blades using a small cloth or a toothbrush. If you find that there is no lint or debris collected over the fan blades, its motor needs to be replaced.

Take care.

Posted on Aug 23, 2010

  • Jimoh Adeleke Muyideen Aug 24, 2010


    Check the thermostat for temperature setting. Make sure your freezer is
    not too stuffed and that there is enough space for air flow. Check for
    the restriction of air flow in the vents. Clean the coils of the
    condenser if found clogged. Also look out for clogged drain tube and if
    there is a leakage of the refrigerant. Test various components such as
    temperature control knob, evaporator fan, defrost timer and the door



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