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Kenmore refrigerator 363.9771612 - the refrigerator operates but when the compressor shuts off, the compressor has an interior rattle as it shuts down. What could be the problem? I looked for a loose bracket, but the noise appears to be coming from inside the compressor.

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SOURCE: Kenmore (253.51399104)side by side making buzzing/humming noise

It will rattle slightly, this is normal. The ones that are burned out will sound like they have gravel in them, you can defininely tell something is wrong.
The problem with diagnosing Kenmore fridges with this problem is that there are different manufacturers. Yours is built by Frigidaire and probably has a Tecumseh compressor. We find more failed compressors with the Tecumsehs than we do with the models that have Embraco compressors. The models with Embraco's generally have more relay failures.

You should not hear the buzz/hum at startup. You will need to replace the compressor, which will be replaced at no charge to you if it is less than 5 yrs old.
If it is older than 5 yrs, you can have it replaced, but it will be almost as expensive as a new fridge. You can buy an aftermarket start device called a 3-in-1. This has a start capacitor built in to give it a little more boost on start up. I don't recommend using them unless it is a short term fix until the compressor can be replaced or if it is out of warranty and there is nothing to lose anyway.
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Posted on Dec 06, 2007

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SOURCE: Kenmore Frig Noise

TD, sounds like your valve springs in the compressor let loose and it's banging on the side when shutting down and equalizing. The compressor has a 5 year warranty. This is more annoying than anything. If it's under warranty, have them replace it. If not, it's up to you whether you want to live with it. Catriver.

Posted on Dec 16, 2007

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SOURCE: noisy refrigerator compressor (?)

This is a compressor problem, and chances are there for this to worsen if not attended promptly.

Posted on Feb 06, 2008

docjohn174
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SOURCE: Kenmore refrigerator not cooling

hi thanks for the question if both fans are working no ice build up & no dirt on condencer by the compressor sorry but you need a new compressor thanks the appliance doc

Posted on Sep 22, 2008

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SOURCE: Whirlpool 20.8 Top won't cool neither refrigerator nor freezer

that's about right, if the compressor is drawing more than 4 amperes, then it is no good.

A reminder also to check the condenser for dirt and debris that could have accumulated at the front, this is a major contributor to compressor failure. check also the fan near the compressor. it should be running at the same time the compressor runs.

that's nice to hear from whirlpool....

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Posted on Oct 07, 2008

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