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Fridge and Freezer working intermittently; not getting cold and making a vibrating sound

The last few days my fridge and freezer have been working intermittently (The full model is FRS23R4CW0). It will cool and freeze as normal for about a day, then cease for about the same time. The only indicator of it not working, apart from the lack of it being cold, is a vibrating sound that lasts for about 3-seconds, ends with a distinctive click, and reoccurs about 5 minutes later. Other than that the fridge sounds as if it is working normally - all the usual sounds. I pulled the unit out to determine where the noise was coming from and it appears to outside, somewhere at the rear base where the motor etc is housed. Any suggestions would be a big help?

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  • David McFee Dec 11, 2006

    Catriver:

    That is exactly what it was. Thanks! I called out the appliance repair crew today and they are replacing the compressor, under warranty, next week. The only problem I did have, sort of, was that the unit was working when they arrived. Fortunately, I had recorded the sound with my digital camera so they could pick the problem from that.

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Dave, what you are hearing is the overload kicking out on the compressor. It's one of two things, either the compressor is failing or PTC (overload, relay) is going bad. I haven't seen too many PTC's fail on Frigidaire, but I have seen a lot of compressors failing. Your refrigerator will have a 5 year warranty, parts and labor if the compressor is at fault. You would have to do some tests on the compressor to determine which one is at fault. If you have a clamp on ammeter you can see how many amps the compressor is drawing during start and run. The compressor should have a label on it with the amperage information. You could just replace the PTC, part number 218721119 and see if the problem goes away but you could be throwing away money here if the compressor is the problem. With out being there, my guess would be the compressor itself. Catriver...post back.

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