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My refrigerator is making a clicking noise coming from the control board relay. fridge has been cooling fine but im guessing that relay will eventually fail. When I completley turn up the temp on the freezer tstat the ticking goes away. What is this

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    My refrigerator is making a repetitive clicking noise which I'm 95% clear is a relay on control board not closing properly. When I turn up freezer side tsat this stops.
    Why is this happening, or how can I eliminate possibilities. I'm not an idiot....please don't send me the manuals answers from the trouble shooting section but real service advice. Thankyou

  • thetravical Aug 23, 2010

    My refrigerator is making a repetitive clicking noise which I'm 95% clear is a relay on control board not closing properly. When I turn up freezer side tsat this stops.
    Why is this happening, or how can I eliminate possibilities. I'm not an idiot....please don't send me the manuals answers from the trouble shooting section but real service advice. Thankyou

  • thetravical Aug 23, 2010

    why does lower temps effect operation of relay

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Because the clicking sound is the relay completing a connection and i presume shutting off the connection at certain temperatures. setting it on maximum tends to cause the relay to stay engaged all the time. i wouldn't be too concerned about it clicking. if you ever hear the relay(s) making a chattering sound they are likely failing.

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The relay will not hold at lower temps so better replace that board soon

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Hello,

A noisy chest freezer can be more than aggravating, it can also be a sign that something may be wrong with the appliance. With a little investigation, you will be able to find the cause for the noise so that you can determine how to rectify it.

Self-defrosting
If you chest freezer is a self-defrosting variety, you will find that it has a fan on one of the inside walls that enables this process to take place. Open the door and check whether this makes the sound worse; if this is the case, the problem is likely to lie with the fan. Ensure that it is not blocked by any food items or ice and is running properly. Clear away any items that are blocking it and tighten any loose fasteners. The motor that runs the fan can also cause a noise if it is old or defective and is struggling to continue running, if this is the case, the motor will need to be replaced.

Door Seal
Examine the door seal of the chest freezer to ensure that it is intact and has no defects. If there is a problem with the seal, it can prevent the door from closing properly which will force the freezer to work harder as it will also be cooling the air around the freezer. Replace the door seal and ensure that the door is able to close properly to see if this reduces the noise.

Element
The wire element that is either located on the rear or the base of your chest freezer. The element can often become noisy after getting covered in dust and debris. Rectify this by switching off the power supply before vacuuming the element. Carefully use a cloth to clean any other surrounding components that are affected by stubborn grime.

Ice Build Up
Where your chest freezer is unable to regulate itself, you may find that it can suffer a buildup of ice. When the ice become sufficiently thick, it will stop the freezer from being effective and will force the motor to work harder in order for it to keep working. Prevent this problem by defrosting your freezer on a regular basis or whenever it is required.

Condenser Fan
The condenser fan is likely to be located at the rear of the freezer and can become noisy if it is defective or covered in dirt. After switching off the power supply, use a cloth to clean the blades of the condenser fan if you find that the noise is coming from this component.

Compressor
The compressor is the black box that you will find on the base or rear of your freezer and is where the normal noise of the running the freezer comes from. The pipes and wires necessary for the freezer to work stem from this box and can become noisy if there is a problem, which is more likely with an older appliance. A defective compressor cannot be repaired so it will need to be replaced.

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