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Fridge motor is very very noisy

When the motor kicks into gear it makes a lot of noise - this is only a recent problem and the fridge is only just over 2 years old. When the fridge door is opened after it start making the noise you can hear the motor struggling and chocking.

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  • gtf7 Nov 10, 2007

    Hotpoint Fridge. Motor has started to make very loud noises. Stops when fridge door is opend but worse when freezer door open. Unit is just over two years old but has just recently fully loaded the freezer. Could freezer have been over loaded and this damaged the motor? Could it be some other problem?

  • Anonymous Nov 18, 2007

    Exactly the same problem. Numerous engineers and no solution. Inherent design fault. Avoid purchasing again. Our solution is to bang the back panel from the inside of the freezer - which works temporarily!

  • Anonymous Mar 18, 2008

    my fridge motor is makes sounds like a tractor put put putting along ,seems to run longer , fridge and freezer are still cold , but it shuts off it goes clunk clunkclunk, so i pretty sure it the motor , took the back off and does not seem hot, fan was running but the noices were coming from the black round contained thing, could you pleasse help me should i call a repair man, or should i just buy a new one, don't really have a lot of money right today. thanks MEGAN, I live in alberta, canada. 1-403-340-8208 or e-mail me - [email protected] fridge #MOD=KTRS22KHWH00 SER#EKO532170,, MFG. DATE= 01-00



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It sounds like it could be ice around the fan motor. Unplug it and let it defrost for about 12 hrs with the doors open. Plug it back in and see if it has quit making the noise. If it did it probably needs the defrost timer replaced. Good luck. kstfas

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I had this fridge freezer with the same problem, it's quite easy to fix. Switch off, remove but do not unpack the freezer drawers (insulate them in a cardboard box) then remove the rear panel in the freezer compartment. Remove all the ice you find; try thawing it with steam from a kettle. Also, if the drain is blocked with ice you can get access to it the same way, try pouring in hot water to thaw it. To remove the freezer compartment panel you need a socket 6mm I think. With the right tool it only takes about an hour start to finish.

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