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Traulsen 30" two door frodge 7 years old (just moved today)

Help my new fridge makes a racket. didn't make this noise before it was moved (on it's side). I plugged it in for an hour before learning it was suppose to stand for 8 hours before running again. I am in the lower NYC area. Who can I call here and is there anything I can try before calling someone?

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  • noisybox Jul 16, 2008

    this fridge is "new" to me- but is seven years old-

  • noisybox Jul 16, 2008

    It's a Traulsen 30" x 80" two door fridge only- no freezer (blue color).
    also the glass upper door is fogged - may need to be replaced - but not related to noise problem.
    thanks in advance for your reply

  • noisybox Jul 17, 2008

    Many thanks Freetek:

    I unplugged it and it just sort of stops -but there is not a rapid sound though.I was going to describe the noise as a whirring sound- tinny or bell-like - maybe that's the singing sound you describe (but not nice sounding- the whirring has some "depth" like a bell) but I hear this sound most of the time and not only when I unplug it- before there's silence.
    When the fridge reaches its temperature the sound shuts down for a while and then starts up with the tinny whirring again. 
    Is the cleaning of the fan/s somethig I can do myself or do I need to call a service person? I called Traulsen today and they told me the compressor is $1,000.00 so that's out of the question.
    Thanks again for your help- I really appreciate it. Any more thoughts or suggestions are appreciated. My electrician told me to consider hari-cari but I'm tryig to keep calm.
    -Andrea

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Compressors don't like to be laid down, the rotor swims in lube that is disturbed when horizontal.

If the compressor isn't ruined, the noise could emanate from the fan that most units have, sometimes two; one to circulate air around the fins, another to stir air inside.
Pull the plug on the fridge while it is running and try to listen to the character of the noise before it stops.

If it is very rapid; I suspect the compressor is history.
If it makes kind of a singing noise while coming to a stop, it could be fan blades hitting something.

Posted on Jul 16, 2008

  • Steve Allison
    Steve Allison Jul 17, 2008

    I hope the $1K cost for the compressor is Singapore $ since the compressors typically cost $2-400 US and installation is about two hours max.



    The sound you describe could very well be a fan blade striking something.

    If the cooling coils are located under the box, the fan will be there too; not necessarily easy to reach, but many are installed in the rear and draw air through the front and over the coils.

    I'd look there first.

    If the cold air is circulated by a fan, that will entail removing some of the inner liner to reach since they are normally concealed with only their in-outlets visible.

    In most units, these are located topside and may require some careful examination to locate.

    If the sound is quite prominent, it is most likely the outside fan and these are not tough to replace (well, in most refrig., anyhow) and the cost should be well under $30 US.

    Keep lookng -

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