I have a 1 year and 4 month old refrigerator that makes alot of noise when the compressor starts or stops. It sounds like something is very loose. It sounds like a vibration type of noise, but extremely loud. I can hear this when I am at the other end of my house. I explained to customer service the problem I was having and was told that I was past the 1 year warranty..any ideas?
Re: the problem posted by GUEST on 11/25/2007, I have been having a similar problem with a Jenn-Air French Door model. It would wake me up at night. I found that correct leveling of the refrig made the problem go away. Check you users manual and it should have instructions. I think these appliance guys just toss the stuff in and don't do the proper alignment or leveling. It took me an hour to do and no service call required. Made a huge difference
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Re: Possible noisy compressor?
The compressor and condensor fan all run at the same time. Make sure the fan isn't hitting something or the drip pan isn't rattling, etc. If you are positive the compressor is making the noise check the rubber isolation mounts to see if they are loose or damaged, etc.
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Is the compressor running when you hear this noise or is it noisy when it is trying to start. If the noise you are talking about is the click it may just have a bad relay on the compressor. If it is a loud humming noise when the compressor is trying to start then the compressor is locked up and needs to be replaced. Compressor comes with a 5 yr warranty and relay has a 1 yr warranty.
You probably have a bad compressor. It's internal parts are held up with 4 springs and one of them has probably broken and causes the compressor piston to hit the side of the comp. housing. This will happen when the ref. shuts off. To be sure, if you turn the ref off at the controls then you should hear the noise in the back. If it is less than 5 years old you can get it replaced under warranty. if more than 5 years old it will just be noisy. it will most likely last several more years like it is. Let me know if I'm right.
You are correct about replacement it will fix it and be cheaper in the long run. The bearing thats bad is pressed on, witch will be a bear to get off, if you can get it off. Every one i have ever known that had this problem just put another compressor on and recharged the system, its the best and cheapest fix. As far as compressor its up to you, but i would go with remanufactured at least you get a warrenty, if you buy used thats what you get is used or maybe someone elses problem. You will have to recharge the system, but you can do that yourself with a recharge kit from Wal-Mart around $20.00. Besides if it still has the old R12 refrigerant you can upgrade it to the new 134. One thing you should do is have the old refrigerant sucked out someplace that can capture it because of environmental issues.
If the noise from the compressor sounds like a humming followed by a click, the compressor is "short cycling". Could be either the compressor relay or the compressor itself is bad. Not sure on the hissing noise. Could be just a loose panel that needs to be tightened or adjusted.