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Why does the compressor on my Kenmore refrigerator rattle when turning off?

I have a Kenmore refrigerator model number 106.67297790. The compressor began making a rattling noise when turning off. I checked the rubber mounting grommets & they are not loose. If I shake the compressor housing (shell), something inside knocks against the housing. This makes the same noise I am hearing when the compressor turns off. It is 8 years old & this just started a couple of weeks ago. Does the housing open? Maybe there is something I can tighten in there. I hate to order a whole new motor/compressor assembly. The refrigerator still works fine.

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Air Compressors , Kenmore , Refrigerators , Appliances , Tools
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Inside the compressor housing, the compressor motor is mounted on 3 springs. Your symptoms indicate that one of the springs is worn or broken. Even though it makes this knocking noise, your refrigerator should continue to cool normally.

There is no way to fix this problem by opening the compressor housing. The housing is sealed and is not intended to be opened. The only way to fix this problem is to replace the compressor.

Although noisy, this condition should not pose a safety hazard. You can continue to use the refrigerator until it finally fails if you don't mind the noise.
by Manage My Life
December 4th, 2007
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