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My refidgerator is making a buzzing sound, and the freezer has defrosted. Fridge does not seem to be working very well either. Cool air is blowing and the lights are on.

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I'm assuming that is not caused by the buildup of ice who has blocked the evaporator and is pressing on the walls making the entire fridge vibrate - you have de-iced the freezer as recommended, once every 6 months.
In your fridge a single compressor is used. If one of the cooling circuits (either the one for the fridge or the freezer - in your case) gets a leak it will start to lose its coolant. Because those circuits are separated by valves the one with the leak will lost its cooling capacity first. This will make the control board force the compressor at the maximum capacity and even beyond (the buzzing you hear) to try to keep the temperature down - but all this will just accelerate the leak and , because the control valve will be constantly activated, make the second circuit slowly lose its coolant too, as you can see yourself.
The only way to fix it is to locate the leak in the freezer circuit and weld it shut. This is a job only a well equipped repairman can do - call one as soon as possible or you might end up with a damaged compressor, a much more expensive part to replace.

Posted on Apr 11, 2011

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