My fridge works fine but keeps making a clicking sound. I unplugged and cleaned out access panel and coils of hair and dust and plugged back in but still clicks. Any help would be greatlty appreciated.
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Re: Fridge keeps ticking when not running???
Kevin, I'm going to give you a few scenerios to check out. The evaporator fan, inside the freezer will sometimes come in contact with ice and make this noise. Check your condensor fan, in back and make sure that is not hitting the shroud. If the overload on the compressor is tripping it will make a clicking sound, but it would be about every 4 to 5 minutes. If the unit goes into defrost, the evaportor coils tend to make a clicking sound. If you can be more specific as to where the noise is coming from, we might be able to help you better...Catriver...post back.
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I do not believe the problem is the fan. sounds like the frig. is low on Freon this is what will cause the ice build up. you need to find the leak, you can do this by spraying soapy water on coil tubes & watch for bubbles. repair leak & recharge.
You should clean the back of the refridgerator and vacum it at least one a year, pull it out and clean under it and vacum the back of it, then pull off the cover on the front bottom of the fridge if the coil are underneath, purchase an appliance brush for refridgerators at any hardware store, there not expensive and clean the coils under the fridge, clean in between the black coils and pull out the dust and dirt, then vacum once you get out what you can with the brush, this needs to be done at least once a year for the best perfomance for your fridge and longer life of it......unplug the fridge before you start, the cleaner the coils the cooler the fridge will be and also will use less energy to run......when its dirty it has to work very hard to cool........make sure you unplug the fridge before you start.......hope this helps......
The frost build up sounds like a problem with the defrost system. Usually a burned out defrost heater which would normally melt the frost build up away. If heater is burned out, you will need to manually defrost the coils after heater replacement. A hair dryer works well for this..
The clicking noise is likely the compressor overload tripping.
Here are some tips that may help solve your problem:
You will need to clean the condenser coils under the refrigerator. Unplug the refrigerator to completely disconnect electrical power. Carefully remove the cardboard cover at the bottom of the back panel of the refrigerator to access the coils and clean under the refrigerator. To thoroughly clean the coils, I recommend that you obtain and use a coil brush. It is a long, round brush with a handle designed for cleaning refrigerator coils.
Check your condenser fan to make sure that it is running when the compressor is on. If not, this could be causing your problem.
Be sure to replace the cardboard cover on the bottom of the back panel of the refrigerator. If this cover is not in place, air will not flow over the coils properly.
Find the correct cleaning brush. I found one at the dollar store by chance. Local hardware may have one also. You are looking for a long slender brush that resembles a under sized bottle brush, about 3/4" across the bristles, 18 to 24 inches long would be best. Unplug the frig. Vacuum out all of the dust possible, then use the brush to carefully clean between the coils Do not force the brush, sometimes twisting as you go works good. The coils are accessable either behind toe kick on front of frig or from the back, remove access panel to clean.
Sounds like it might just be a simple as a dirty coil. Use a coil brush (you can get at homedepot)
Clean the dust and from the back and bottom of the fridge. The coils pickup alot of dust over time making the fridge become ineffecent. One some subzero units your condenser coils are on top. Use the brush in conjuction with the vacuum to get it clean and watch your fridge for a hours to see if that helps before you call a repair tech out. Make sure you unplug the fridge when your doing this.
This fridge has the coils that are not supposed to get dirty, but do anyways. Unplug it. You need to pull the fridge out and remove the panel at the bottom. You will be able to access the condenser from here, but it's kind of hard to get a narrow enough brush through it to thoroughly clean it, but get the most you can and make sure the fan blades are clean as well. Be very careful not to bend the fan blades, they are easily bent. Then make sure the area under the fridge is clean so the fan can easily move the air under the fridge.
it is almost certainly a defrost problem. when fault has occured, remove freezer bzck panel and see if there is ice build-up. if so this confirms a defrost problem - possibly that the element is open circuit