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THE FRIDGE FREEZER CONSTANTLY MAKES A GROANING SOUND AND NOW EVEN THOUGH ITS FROST FREE THERE IS FROST STARTING TO APPEAR ON THE BACK WALL OF THE FRIDGE

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  • mstanwycks Jul 24, 2008

    Sometimes also makes a loud ping or shot loke sound after blower shuts off. Lately the top refrigerator section seems less cold, The frrezer maintains cold but has some frost. I wonder if shutting it off for a while and then on would help?? This is a Whirlpool Designer series 36" wide.

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You could have one of two problems- 1) The defrost timer has failed OR 2) the defrost heater has failed.

Switch off fridge, open back panel check continuity of defrost heater. If it checks out OK you need to replace the defrost timer.

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